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I am curious if someone can chime in with experience in this department.<br>I have been blessed and never had to deal with one so I am not sure what I should be looking for.<p>The previous owner of our S40T5AWD has Heico springs on it and I am not sure how much extra stress that puts on the wheel bearings. I had to swap cars with my GF this morning because she has a much longer commute to work than I do and she heard a noise when leaving for work that she described as nails on a chalkboard when driving and braking. There has been another noise which I have witnessed and intended to address which almost sounds like a piece of plastic rubbing against the tire, and it only occurs when coming to a stop. (Remember the days of putting a playing card on your back tire on your bicycle? lol)<p>When she stopped by my office to swap cars, I took hers out and beat on it pretty aggressively but was not able to reproduce the squealing; could only reproduce the rubbing sound.<p>The wheel wells are unobstructed and nothing is coming into contact with any wheels/tires, and all 4 corners are fine as far as brakes go. I am going to pull the wheel off after work this afternoon, but I doubt I will visibly see anything. <p>My first thought is wheel bearing, but since I haven't ever experienced one, I am not positive.
 

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Re: Wheel bearing failures (phuz)

"Nails on a chalkboard" sounds more like a small rock caught between the brake disc and shield. Quite common on S40N/V50.<p>AFAIK a bad wheel bearing is more of a low grumbling noise. If it is a wheel bearing the noise should increase when you turn, bad left wheel bearing sounds more when you turn right and vice versa.
 

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I am hoping that is what happened.<p>I drove it for 60 miles at lunch and picked up my buddy who is a full-time mechanic. He didn't think wheel bearing either, and we concluded that the rubber/plastic noise that we hear when stopping could be from the vibrations of these aggressive tires coupled with the really stiff springs....just causing something that is already loose to vibrate.<br>I hope that's all. I did the side-to-side test and didn't hear a chance in audible pattern so it should be OK...and I would think so with only 40k on the car.<br>
 

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Yeah doesnt sound like a wheel bearing issue. Wheel bearing noise is best described as a groaning noise and the side to side weight transfer test should seal the deal.
 

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a wheel bearing going bad (had a few of these from beating on the auto-x car) will sound like a howl when put under stress at high speeds. you will hear it and it sounds like a washing machine on spin cycle. Speed dependant as well.
 

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Re: Wheel bearing failures (phuz)

wheel bearing noise is gonna sound like a whirring noise....think of two soft materials rubbing together, and the faster you go the louder it gets. i had my front wheel bearings replaced a few months ago...<p>side note....anyone else sick of the reliability of these cars???
 

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Ima volvo tech only reason i bought the S40 was because i can fix it myself for fairly cheap... otherwise no i would not own one lol.
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>ForceFed Motorsports</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Ima volvo tech only reason i bought the S40 was because i can fix it myself for fairly cheap... otherwise no i would not own one lol.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>haha unfair! I expected a lot more...now i'm trying to unload this damn thing
 

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Wheel bearing replacement isn't too big a deal, but it gets costly if you start replacing stuff that doesn't need to be replaced <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/wink.gif" BORDER="0"><p>And I'm with you on that one...if I had to pay dealer labor and costs, there is no way I could afford my car, lol <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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I got a noise I can't figure out just had new tires put on 2 weeks ago went back with stock mich. mxm4 17" that came on car but I have a noise comming from front of car that when you start going not that bad but when you get to about 45 it gets loader like a rough road noise or something have had car back to tire dealer 3 times for rebalancing and they say they have them perfect so what should I do?
 

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Wouldnt hurt to have your front wheel bearings checked. They should be able to drive the car on a rack and using a stethoscope easily be able to hear a groaning.
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>phuz</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">I am curious if someone can chime in with experience in this department.<br>I have been blessed and never had to deal with one so I am not sure what I should be looking for.<p>The previous owner of our S40T5AWD has Heico springs on it and I am not sure how much extra stress that puts on the wheel bearings. I had to swap cars with my GF this morning because she has a much longer commute to work than I do and she heard a noise when leaving for work that she described as nails on a chalkboard when driving and braking. There has been another noise which I have witnessed and intended to address which almost sounds like a piece of plastic rubbing against the tire, and it only occurs when coming to a stop. (Remember the days of putting a playing card on your back tire on your bicycle? lol)<p>When she stopped by my office to swap cars, I took hers out and beat on it pretty aggressively but was not able to reproduce the squealing; could only reproduce the rubbing sound.<p>The wheel wells are unobstructed and nothing is coming into contact with any wheels/tires, and all 4 corners are fine as far as brakes go. I am going to pull the wheel off after work this afternoon, but I doubt I will visibly see anything. <p>My first thought is wheel bearing, but since I haven't ever experienced one, I am not positive.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>I also get the second sound. Its like a click when coming to a stop or accelerating hard. This is because of the springs. <p>We have very temperamental strut top bearings, when doing a spring install if your not careful they will open spilling out ball bearings. My self and a few of the mazda 3 guys have put the bearings back in thinking it would be fine. But we all get a clicking sound when stopping. Its a $30 part replacing it makes the click go away. If you paid a shop to put in the springs, then it prob opened up on them. <p>I only get the click from the side where the bearing opened, the other side I was careful with.<p>As far as the first noise is concerned its prob a rock in the brakes. Happens all the time it goes away after a day or so.<p>(edit: strut)
 

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Re: Wheel bearing failures (zerocover)

Haha the right side strut bearing came apart on me as well. Didnt realize it did that and i yanked on it lol. I rebuilt it though and have no click so i dunno maybe you guys didnt put it back correctly.<p>Its also common to hear clicking from the axles inside the diff. when stopping and starting but is considered normal, just as a heads up.
 
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