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Wheel Bearing or CV Joing Noise - 1993-2000 FWD Models

2019-01-16 - ipd Staff

1993-2000 Front Wheel Drive Models

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A noise from the drivetrain in a front wheel drive car can be difficult to locate. CV joints and wheel bear-ings may cause similar noises. It is easy though to isolate them so you can hear the difference. Remember a torn CV boot will cause a CV joint to be contaminated and then be quickly ruined.

  1. The Outer CV Joint: Road test the car, and listen for a metallic click noise from the front as the car is driven slowly in a tight circle with the steering full lock. A click noise indicates a worn outer CV joint.
  2. The Inner CV Joint: If a test drive at normal driving speed causes a vibration upon acceleration that is felt through the car, the inner CV may be worn.
  3. The Wheel Bearing: Road test the car and listen for a groan from the front bearings. The noise will increase in a turn when the worn bearing reaches its maximum load. If the right bearing is bad it will howl in a left-hand turn.