My 05 Honda Civic steering wheel started vibrating and making loud noises from the front driver side wheel. The noise and the vibrations do increase as the vehicle gets to higher speeds. My first thoughts were that it was a regular wheel bearing that needs to replaced. I lifted the driver side of the vehicle just to be sure and put the vehicle in gear while listening for the noise. The noise seemed to be coming more from the transmission side than it was from the wheel. The axle also seemed to vibrate a lot. When trying to shake the wheel with my hands I did not find any extra play that would pinpoint to a wheel bearing
I am still unsure if it is a C.V that needs to be replaced because as far as I know C.V axles usually only make noises when turning or accelerating but the noise happens even during straight line driving. So can C.V axles be the cause of this kind of noise and vibrations? or is it a bearing issue that is just pronouncing its effects on the C.V axle too?
One last thing I want to add is the previous owner had the wrong tire size on the rear driver side. Unknownst to me, I have driven the vehicle like this for the past 5000 miles before getting my tires replaced. If that was part of the issue could that help identify which part is bad?