Take the 2-minute tour ×
Motor Vehicle Maintenance & Repair Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for mechanics and DIY enthusiast owners of cars, trucks, and motorcycles. It's 100% free, no registration required.

I am driving a 2005 Dodge Grand Caravan. The noise started happening after I had a bump to the curb on a snowy day early this year. The right wheel bumped to the curb during a left turn. The damage made to the wheel bad enough that I had to replace it. Since then, I had the whole 4 tires replaced, did a couple of times tire rotation but the noise never went away. The alignment was done once during the tire replacement but not sure if it was done thoroughly. I asked one car shop to a road test to figure out what was causing it but the mechanic wasn't able to find anything. I was also told that it couldn't be a balance issue since the vehicle would go vibrate if it is.

Any suggestions are appreciated. It's bothering me quite a bit.

Cheers.

share|improve this question
add comment

2 Answers 2

Try putting the car in neutral when you can hear the noise. If it goes away, it might be the transmission or some part of the drive train.

Push and pull on the top of the front right tire pretty hard and see if you can feel any looseness. If so, it's probably the wheel bearing / hub. But sometimes the wheel bearings go out and still feel tight.

share|improve this answer
1  
And some cars, notably VW's, the bearings can feel loose, but be fine... :-) –  Brian Knoblauch Sep 15 '11 at 12:07
add comment

Most weird noises from the wheel area turn out to be wheel bearings.

I'd also check to make sure that the disc brake dust shield didn't get bent, as it can make a similar sound when rubbing against the disc.

share|improve this answer
    
Thanks Brian. Very appreciated with your suggestions. –  kentchen Sep 12 '11 at 21:23
add comment

Your Answer

 
discard

By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.