When I do a sharp left turn (like in runabouts or hairpin turns) I hear a rumbling noise (a grumbling sound, often also like rubber rubbing against metal) from the front of my car, also I can feel a shaking.

  • This only happens when doing a sharp left turn. When driving straight, long stretched left turns or right sharp turns there are no unusual sounds.
  • I need to have a certain minimum velocity for the noise to happen, I think (unsure) that I need to have torque on the wheels.
  • There are no suspicious noises when steering at the extreme left on a stationary vehicle.
  • The sound/shaking happens during the entire left turn (provided I keep steering sharply and maintain speed), not only on the beginning/end.
  • I tried to check the suspension. A first rough check did not reveal something unusual. There is no feel-able play on the joints.
  • On the CV Joints there is also no feel-able play and the rubber boots are intact.

I made a video, the rumbling happens at 00:05. Since the roundabout is a bit larger I could not perform a very sharp turn. The noise happens only once when I was oversteering to reproduce the noise.

Some informations about the car

It is a 2009 Opel Astra H Caravan with about 150 KKm. It is a FWD, manual transmission. I also have a illustration of the suspension.

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I am inclined to suspect the CV Joint of the left side, perhaps somebody could point out other candidates or checks?

  • Have you checked the wheel bearings?
    – Solar Mike
    Aug 6, 2017 at 12:38
  • @SolarMike I tried to rock the wheels while the car was jacked up. I could not feel any play
    – Martin
    Aug 6, 2017 at 13:35
  • Ok , then , as you pointed out, you need to check the cv jounts inner and outer
    – Solar Mike
    Aug 6, 2017 at 13:37
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    You have to check them for play at all the possible angles that they can move through.
    – Solar Mike
    Aug 6, 2017 at 14:03
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    With wheel bearings, you really need to hear what they are doing. There may not be any lateral movement of the bearing at all, but you'll most likely feel/hear it if it's bad. You may want to use a automotive stethoscope to actually hear it better. Aug 7, 2017 at 16:07

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Turns out the stabilizer bar shifted and scratched against the body behind the wheel well.

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