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Old 09-25-2007, 04:20 PM   #1
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Default Recent problem with my rex.

I hate to post another 'whats that noise' thread but I've searched and have found minimal help.

Sunday my 2002 wrx started making a humming/whining noise from the rear right tire. It occurs around 65mph and especially when decelerating.

There is also a light clanking noise that occurs when I take off from a complete stop. This also is coming from the rear right tire/end. It also happens when I shift roughly(heavily when I start from 2nd gear), or any other time my car jerks.

Now that ive explained the problem and you've formulated some ideas, this is what I'm pretty sure caused it...

I transported some heavy cargo from austin to dallas. The noise started then, and didnt stop after I unloaded it. Are these two noises two seperate problems or one . I am going to change my tires today to see if that stops the humming because I read the humming could be due to tire wear.

Any ideas or help would greatly be appreciated. I'm in carrollton if anyone cares to visit for a listen and possible diagnosis.

Mike
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Old 09-25-2007, 04:27 PM   #2
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could be wheel bearings? I had the same issue. It could be that they are just slightly worn.
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Old 09-25-2007, 05:33 PM   #3
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i thought you were going to sell that wrx a few months back and get an sti??? what happened??

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Old 09-25-2007, 06:25 PM   #4
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if the stuff was real heavy...maybe you threw your alignment off? maybe some excess toe in/out? just a guess...
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Old 09-25-2007, 06:45 PM   #5
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Sounds like a wheel bearing. Have a mechanic put it up on a lift and listen just to make sure which one it is. Expect to pay around $200 to have it replaced with parts and labor.
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Old 09-25-2007, 07:03 PM   #6
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its a wheel bearing. my rear wheels where doing that. every once in a while it felt like the the car would jolt. so i changed out the rear. no more jolting or weird friction noises. but its starting to do it again so i think my fronts are going out.
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Old 09-25-2007, 07:48 PM   #7
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Thanks for all the info, it confirms my suspicions. So both noises are most likely related to the wheel bearing?

I just hope I don't get the wrong side replaced. If the sound is coming from the rear right, I assume thats the defected one.

As for selling my car and getting an sti, I am still planning on it. Despite this wheel bearing, its in excellent condition.

Mike
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