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Funny noises from my S3 (Wheel bearings?)

Discussion in 'A3/S3 Forum (8L Chassis)' started by comdw, Sep 18, 2003.

  1. comdw
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    [Sep 18, 2003]
    I'm getting some interesting noises from my S3, which I'm hoping are just worn wheel bearings and not something more sinister (and only 6 weeks to go on my warranty!).

    At speeds above 50 its like a constant whirring (more like someone going "oooooooooo"!) noise.

    It becomes louder between 35 and 40 and more vibration in the noise especially when turning - its especially noticeable if I come right off the gas at 40 and allow the car to slow down.

    There also more of a rumbling noise at around 17-20mph (i.e. exactly half of the speeds above).

    Note that the noise remains the same even if I'm not in gear.

    So is it wheel bearings or anything else I should be more worried about??
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    [Sep 18, 2003]
    Its either that, the brakes (sticking caliper, or handbrake problem) try using the brakes/handbrake very slightly and see if it makes any difference or it could be a tyre!!

    although from your description it does sound like wheel bearings, try jacking the car up and check for any play in the wheel when gripped either side and 'rocked'.

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    [Sep 18, 2003]
    Prolly worth getting the offending wheel's balance checked before blaming the bearings. I had a similar problem with a buckled wheel on my old Cavalier that I eventually diagnosed by swapping it with the spare.

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    [Sep 19, 2003]
    actually i've had the space saver wheel on the back left for a few days (not done many miles though) and the noise seems louder since - the proper wheel is back on now.
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