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Old 08-11-2006, 11:18 AM   #1
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Howling/Vibration at Speed

My driver's side front wheel kind of howls/vibrates at speed. Really, its at 45mph its like a "vvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvv" sound, if you get my drift. But, when I turn right it goes away, but if the wheels are straight or if I turn left its there. It's frequency related because its stronger at certain speeds.

I think its either the wheel bearing or the ABS. I say the ABS because my ABS light is on, and although my ABS works perfectly, I heard it kicking in at an unnecessarily slow speed last night from that wheel. Perhaps it could be the gear?
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Old 08-14-2006, 04:00 PM   #2
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Sure sounds like a wheel bearing. It could be bad enough to trigger the ABS light if the sensor and wheel are out of alignment.
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Old 08-16-2006, 11:31 AM   #3
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Looks like I need to go to the shop!
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I've got the exact same issue, but the noise goes away when I make left turns as opposed to right ones. I checked the bearings for any play (shook the wheels back and forth vertically) and they were tight...any chance it could be an alignment issue or possibly wheel balancing one?
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Old 10-02-2006, 04:12 PM   #5
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I've got the exact same issue, but the noise goes away when I make left turns as opposed to right ones. I checked the bearings for any play (shook the wheels back and forth vertically) and they were tight...any chance it could be an alignment issue or possibly wheel balancing one?
Wondering if anybody had any feedback to this. Ive got the same issues. Thanks
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Old 10-05-2006, 11:43 PM   #6
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Wheel bearings that are out sound like a massive howling noise coming from that area of the car, and you really only start to hear it on the highway. You almost have to shout over the noise. You can't really see anything wrong you just have to replace them, and it's a PITA. These e30's go through bearings like water-- in 240,000 miles every few years one of the bearings goes out in one of the corners, arrghggh.
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Old 11-28-2006, 10:15 PM   #7
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just jack up that side and tug on the top of the wheel to see if there is any slop, if so, bingo your bearings are shot. Someone go ahead and tell them where to pick up a fresh one.
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Old 01-22-2007, 04:46 PM   #8
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I'm having the same vibration problem.

Seems to be coming from the right side of the car...

NO play in vertical movement of the wheels.

Tie rods?...

Thanks,

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Old 01-23-2007, 01:36 AM   #9
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that is definitely wheel bearings. I had that same thing on my E30, howling from the front right, if I made a hard right hand turn it went away. What happens is when you take the weight off the bearing the noise goes away.
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Old 01-23-2007, 06:26 PM   #10
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When you say tug, you mean pull the top of the tire toward you?
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Old 01-23-2007, 06:55 PM   #11
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i just replaced my passenger side one. it howled when i would go above 50km/h and when i made left turns it would also vibrate and would hear nothing on right turns.
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