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#1 of 22 2002 Venture - Whirring Noise
Aug 29, 2006 (12:06 pm)
When driving my Venture, when the wheels begin to move, a whirring noise is then heard. It seems to get faster and louder as speed increases. It ends when stopped. When I coast, the noise is still there. I had it in a shop today and he doesn't really know. It's definitely not the wheel bearings. However, he thinks it may be the pinion bearing. Any ideas and costs???
#2 of 22 Re: 2002 Venture - Whirring Noise [ketedford]
Jun 13, 2007 (9:24 am)
I have the same problem. Has your issued been identified and or fixed?
#3 of 22 Re: 2002 Venture - Whirring Noise [dbatenburg]
Jun 13, 2007 (9:41 am)
It has yet to be identified. I notice that if I just touch the brakes, this will make the sould more noticeable. However, if you figure it out, let me know.
#4 of 22 Re: 2002 Venture - Whirring Noise [ketedford]
Aug 01, 2007 (12:05 pm)
Just had it in and looked over. Was just told that both front wheel bearings are bad and will cost me about $500. I am positive I have already replaced one. This ticks me off.
#5 of 22 van whistle
Aug 21, 2007 (7:40 pm)
I found sliding the the back roofrack bar up next to the front one eliminates a distint whistling sound you would swear comes from under the car.
#6 of 22 2004 Venture - Whirring Fan Like Noise
Dec 04, 2007 (6:03 pm)
Wife drives 2004 Venture van and today she notices that while driving there is this loud whirring noise like the sound of a large fan. When stopped the noise stops. I met her and drove the van too and hear the sound. It seems to get louder the faster you go. Van has been great for us, has just over 76,000 miles. I can't imagine the wheel bearings being out, but from the other posts, I can only assume that to be the case. When I first heard it, it sounded more like a plastic sound, hollow, not metallic in nature. Almost like some plastic piece rubbing on the wheel. I checked under the van front area, right and left around the wheels and saw nothing that would indicate or make such a noise. We have never heard the noise before today, so it would seem that the wheel bearings going out is even less plausible. Any other ideas as to what the noise might be?
#7 of 22 Re: 2004 Venture - Whirring Fan Like Noise [billcgolf]
Dec 05, 2007 (6:11 am)
Whirring fan like noises that stop when the vehicle comes to a stop (with the engine running) are typically wheel bearings. You're right, it is a hollow sound that sounds like something rubbing on the tire, and the noise can all of a sudden appear just like you stated. Mine sounded like a helicopter when it went bad. Bearings in general are funny like that because the tiny noise its probably been making for the last few weeks or months was covered up by engine and road noise.
BTW - a wheel bearing failure at 76000 miles is not an uncommon event although fortunately its not something that happens to everyone. Personally, I've replaced wheel bearings at much less and much more miles than that...it happens. If you have some mechanical ability and a torque wrench its a job that's certainly doable by a "do-it-yourselfer"
#8 of 22 Re: 2004 Venture - Whirring Fan Like Noise [442dude]
Dec 05, 2007 (6:13 pm)
442dude, thanks for the info. sounds like bad news. I have the mechanical knowledge just not the tools. Any idea on the possible cost? Plus, the extended warranty just ran out so bummer for me. I'm going to see if they (the dealership) will cover at least some part of the repair cost.
#9 of 22 Re: 2004 Venture - Whirring Fan Like Noise [billcgolf]
Dec 06, 2007 (6:37 am)
Not sure of the cost for the Venture - did some quick checking and the part from autozone is about $ 150 so from the dealer its probably 250-350 plus labor. I'm guessing the dealer will get about $ 500 for it, but its only a guess. If you're not in warranty, I'm sure you'll do better with your local mechanic.
As for tools in case you want to try to tackle it yourself, you only need a socket for the hub nut (32mm I think) and a breaker bar,
socket to take the hub off (15mm?), a swivel to get to the hub mounting bolts and a hub puller. (and of course, a torque wrench) Autozone will lend you some tools for free if you buy the part there, not sure about other places. You might want to check with them if you're so inclined. Best of luck - let us know how it turned out...
#10 of 22 Re: 2004 Venture - Whirring Fan Like Noise [442dude]
Dec 07, 2007 (7:07 pm)
Well I chickened out and didn't do the work myself (not enough time, but it sounds like could have saved some $$$). I took it the local dealer and they diagnosed the problem and as suspected, the right wheel bearing was kaput. Parts and labor came to 511.00. You were right on the mark. I had an extended warranty, but it ran out about 4000 miles ago. I asked to see if they would at least cover some portion of the cost since it was close ( I consider 4000 miles close) to the warranty mileage, but they balked. Too bad...I had a similar incident with a Mercury Villager van and the tranny died 3500 miles out of the basic warranty. I petitioned the local dealer to fix it under warranty and they obliged to the tune of over $800. Too bad Chevrolet/GM wouldn't do the same for their customers. But all said and done, I needed to have it there anyway as the horn had quit working about 6 months ago. Seems that was the horn relay was shot, the relay was shorted out and stuck open. Bummer on that deal was the part was less than $20 but the labor was over $90 to install. They get you coming and going...
Thanks for the help and info. I hope this helps someone else...