Results 1 to 9 of 9
  1. #1

    Join Date
    May 2005
    Posts
    15
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts

    Wheel bearing replacement - which side?

    99 Grand Prix GT again, there is an almost constant humming noise coming from the front end at any speed above 20 mph. I'm assuming one of the wheel bearings crapped out, but I put the front end in the air and there's no play in the wheel on wither side. No play in the CV joints either. The tires on the car are cheap junk, but to be making that much noise I would think that they would be lumpy or somehow wearing badly, which they're not.

    Any suggestions on figuring out which side is bad, or anything else that might make the same noise? I thought about just replacing both, but Napa shows $185 a side, so I'd rather not unless they both need it.
    2002 Monte Carlo SS 3.8 Series II<br />1999 Grand Prix GT 3.8 Series II<br />1984 Camaro Z28 355/5-speed<br />1978 Jeep CJ-5 Renegade -- who needs pavement<br />1955 House - sucks up all the car money

  2. #2

    Join Date
    Oct 2004
    Location
    Berks County, PA
    Posts
    2,658
    Thanks
    383
    Thanked 218 Times in 144 Posts

    Re: Wheel bearing replacement - which side?

    Did you try rotating the tires? I would try that first, they you know yes or no if its the tires. Usually a tire would cause this if uneven tire wear or cupping but ive seen otherwise noise caused simply by the treads themselves, like my MX6. Give that a shot first. If its still up front, try to find which side, while driving down the road turn left or right to see if it gets loader or quieter. Let us know.

    1992 Lumina Base Sedan 1992 Lumina Euro Sedan 1993 Lumina Base Sedan
    1993 Lumina Z34 Coupe 1994 Cutlass Supreme Vert

  3. #3
    Artemis's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2008
    Location
    Toronto, ON
    Posts
    335
    Thanks
    52
    Thanked 28 Times in 16 Posts

    Re: Wheel bearing replacement - which side?

    $185 per side is too much, I think I paid $120 per side at Canadian Tire, I imagine its gotta be cheaper in the states. I would lift one side of the car and spin the tire, see if the bearing makes any noises, as long as the tire isn't touching the ground it should give you a pretty good idea.
    Clayton H.
    1995 Pontiac Grand Prix GTP| OBD2 swap| 96 LQ1| Front Coilovers
    1987 Chevrolet Chevette Scooter | Automatic | Power brakes | Slow-mod
    1981 Chevrolet Camaro Berlinetta | Automatic | Stock
    ______________________________________________________________

  4. #4

    Re: Wheel bearing replacement - which side?

    Quote Originally Posted by Artemis
    $185 per side is too much, I think I paid $120 per side at Canadian Tire, I imagine its gotta be cheaper in the states. I would lift one side of the car and spin the tire, see if the bearing makes any noises, as long as the tire isn't touching the ground it should give you a pretty good idea.
    At $120 each you either got them on sale or got the Chinese made ones. My rear SKF's cost me $200 each, CT wanted even more.


    My only other thought would be to rotate the hub to see if there is any grinding in the bearing. But you would need to get them off the car, or at least get the CV shaft pushed out of the way so they would rotate without the shaft.

    Jamie
    Can't Stand Idiots_MuNkY

    1991 OLDSMOBILE CUTLASS SUPREME INTERNATIONAL - 3.4L DOHC
    1999 GMC JIMMY SLE - 4.3L, 4x4

  5. #5
    5speedz34's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2003
    Location
    Woodbridge, Detroit, MI
    Posts
    10,455
    Thanks
    2
    Thanked 4 Times in 4 Posts

    Re: Wheel bearing replacement - which side?

    Guaranteed it's the bearings. Take the wheels off and spin the hub, if you feel any grinding or play they need to be replaced. With that said, tons of late model GM's have that hub and they go bad by the nature of the design. So chances are they are both bad, or once you replace one you'll need to replace the other. $180 is about what they run, make sure not to get Asian crap.

    As for telling which side is humming, trying taking a turn. IE-If howling while going left, then the right side is bad.

    Tony.V
    1992 Lumina Z34 |3.4L 207ci DOHC 60 V6; Getrag 284|
    1994 Pontiac Grand Prix GTP |3.4L 207ci DOHC 60 V6; Hydra-Matic 4T60E|
    1999 Chrysler 300M |3.5L 214ci SOHC 60 V6; 42LE|

  6. #6
    Andrew's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2003
    Location
    Shelton, WA
    Posts
    4,230
    Thanks
    78
    Thanked 255 Times in 166 Posts

    Re: Wheel bearing replacement - which side?

    its hard to tell if it has play by grabbing the wheel. take it off and try moving the hub by hand. any side to side play is bad.
    00 GTP - mine | 05 Mariner - hers | 95 F150 - ours?

  7. #7
    rockfangd's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Location
    Utica NY
    Posts
    3,616
    Thanks
    6
    Thanked 6 Times in 5 Posts

    Re: Wheel bearing replacement - which side?

    usually for the front when you turn to the left and it gets louder it means the opposite bearing is bad. It always worked for me
    rockfangd

  8. #8
    95 vert's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2008
    Location
    Kingsville Mo.
    Posts
    869
    Thanks
    15
    Thanked 38 Times in 37 Posts

    Re: Wheel bearing replacement - which side?

    I use a stethescope. Get the front end off the ground,block the rear wheels, put the car in gear and stick the stethescope up to the hub/spindle on both sides and you'll be able to tell which one it is. Stethescope can be had at most parts stores pretty cheap.

  9. #9

    Re: Wheel bearing replacement - which side?

    put the front of the car on jacks and put on hand on the spring and use the other hand to spin the wheel. if you feel a vibration, you have a bad wheel bearing.
    1998 Chevy Lumina 160k miles.<br />Mods: Monte Carlo tails, dual exhaust, power trunk, reverse glow gauges and an overhead console.<br /><br />1982 Pontiac Trans Am, LG4, auto.<br /><br />

Visitors found this page by searching for:

1998 chevy lumina wheel bearing

wheel bearing which side

grand prix wheel bearing replacement

wheel bearing replacement cost grand prix

2002 monte carlo wheel bearing

Tags for this Thread

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •