Last post on Jun 22, 2009 at 8:10 AM
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#8 of 17 Re: my cavalier is making a loud noise and smoking [mybrookwin]
Apr 29, 2008 (2:11 am)
00 cav. here. I too have a loud humming noise which sounds like coming from the wheels. If I turn the wheel even just a tiny bit to the right it will stop. Could it be the hub bearing or what do you folks think? I jacked it up and tried moving the wheel side to side and it didnt seem like there was bearing play, but Im no mechanic either. Is a hub bearing different then a wheel bearing? Any help greatly appreciated. Thank you
#9 of 17 Rattles and noises
Apr 29, 2008 (2:13 am)
My mistake, its a 1999 model
#10 of 17 Re: my cavalier is making a loud noise and smoking [lburgess]
Apr 30, 2008 (12:02 am)
You will need to change both wheel bearings. I changed the left front twice since it sounded like it was coming from that side. IT bothered me for a year or more. It was the right one that was bad and it had no slop or play in it either, it felt good when checked with the tire off. The right one being bad can can make noise like it is on the left side. I had to change out both. Noise gone. Bearings are in the hubs and are not a separate part on my year 1990. Some techs might call them "hub bearings" due to this.
I love the car..30+MPG. It has 160K on it, doesn't burn or leak oil at all. I installed synthetic oils in crank and in gear box too. New headliner and did a Maaco body and paint job...looks real nice now. Cruises 80mph no problem.
#11 of 17 Rattles and noises
Apr 30, 2008 (2:07 am)
Thanks for the info. How hard is it to change them? Whats involved?
#12 of 17 Rattles and noises
May 19, 2008 (2:19 am)
Had the mechanic replace the right side wheel bearing assembly. $132.00. Noise gone
#13 of 17 Re: Cavalier w/ humming noise (not bearing) [tifflynn83]
Jun 14, 2008 (9:00 pm)
based n how you described it there is nothing wrong when the thunking noise happens. There's a technical service bulletin on this car describing this exact situation, and it's nothing that is wrong with the car. For the humming, it may just be gear whine if you have a manual, mine does it too.
#14 of 17 Wheel bearings gone for the third time in two years
Sep 23, 2008 (10:08 pm)
I have replaced my wheel bearings (front) three time now in two years. I am getting ready to replace them again because I keep getting the same vibration that goes away when I change them out. I am wondering what would cause them to be going bad so quickly? I sthere any other problems I need to be looking into?
#15 of 17 front left squeals when i turn left or when i tape the brake
May 12, 2009 (7:42 am)
i have had my bearings replaced once on the front left and lately when i turn left it makes a squealing noise plus when i first start to brake it squeals then stop also my steering wheel does not jerk or its not hard to turn left any thoughts ?
#16 of 17 Re: Wheel bearings gone for the third time in two years [richonect]
May 27, 2009 (6:44 am)
There is a rubber seal that goes around the bearing and is easliy damaged when replacing the bearing. Therefore the bearing runs good for a year or two but then salt, sand, tiny rocks, etc. find their way back into the bearing and begin to wear it down again. Hope this helps
#17 of 17 1998 Rattling Noise serpentine Area
Jun 22, 2009 (8:10 am)
I've just recently discover a rattling noise coming from the serpentine belt area. I don't think it's the alternator. It makes the noise in P and in Drive. If it is one of the wheels in the serpentine, how much am I looking to pay to have it fix/replaced?
On a scale of 1-10 (1 being easiest) how hard would it be to do myself. I do have the shop manual.