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PostPosted: Wed Apr 30, 2008 8:44 pm    Post subject:  Help tracking down a sound Reply with quote

Hello, I have a 2002 Impala LS that has started to make a tinging or ringing type noise. This noise is produced when the car is in gear and rolling. The faster I go, the faster the tinging/ringing noise gets. Specifically I have to load the drivers side suspension (front) to get the sound to really pick up. I had thought it might have been a squealer on a brake pad, but I changed those to no avail. I check the steel clips that hold in the pads, and they are clearing the rotors. Everything else looked alright when I was under the car yesterday. Anyone have any ideas?
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 30, 2008 9:19 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Hub?

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 30, 2008 10:13 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Screwball wrote:
Hub?


That was my next guess. I axle looked fine and I didn't see anything that was wrapped up that could cause the sound. When I was torquing down the lug nuts, I could barely hear the sound. Most of the wheel hubs that I have hear go made a loud, roaring sound. This sounds like a midget is under the hood tapping the rotor with a ball peen hammer while I am driving down the road.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 30, 2008 11:16 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Screwball wrote:
Hub?

Im With Stupid the bearings inside the hub are probably bad.

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PostPosted: Thu May 01, 2008 1:45 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

I'm going to throw in a oddball answer and say flexplate. I had a weird ticking sound when mine was cracked... Not that its by any means easy to check and definitly not easy to fix.
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PostPosted: Thu May 01, 2008 1:47 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Fairly easy to check (inspection cover is there for a reason). Not easy to fix. Very Happy

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PostPosted: Thu May 01, 2008 3:55 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

MCO_Death wrote:
I'm going to throw in a oddball answer and say flexplate. I had a weird ticking sound when mine was cracked... Not that its by any means easy to check and definitly not easy to fix.


That sounds a little above my level. The hub would make sense in that when I turn to the left the sound goes away, turn to the right and it gets much louder.
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 03, 2009 10:06 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

I forgot about this post but wanted to add an update. It turns out that sheet metal shield for the ball joint was tweaked a bit and was making contact with the rotor. When the wheel was loaded, the contact was much stronger and thus increased the intensity of the sound. A few seconds with a big screwdriver and everything was back to normal.

Hope this can be of help to somebody.
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