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    Wheel Bearing?

    Hi All-

    My STS-v has had road noise for a week now. No vibrations transmitted. During left turns/lane switches makes it louder and turning right makes it go away. No flat spots on the tires. Sounds like a wheel bearing? Is it typical to have them go out with 41K miles.

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    Re: Wheel Bearing?

    more than likely a wheel bearing. I personally have replaced two, I used the cheapy from autozone on the front and in 25k miles haven't had an issue with it. I used the Timken one on the rear and after 35k miles haven't had an issue. just some insight.

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    Re: Wheel Bearing?

    Sounds right. Mine went out on my non-V STS at 50k. Easy to replace, don't have the dealer do it...they'll charge $500 per wheel. FYI

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    Re: Wheel Bearing?

    A bad wheel bearing will sound like a whirring/buzzing sound resonating through the suspension.

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    Re: Wheel Bearing?

    My 07' STS-V had three replaced by the dealer before 52,000 miles, one front around 40,000 mi. and one rear @ 45,000, and the other front @ 52,000 mi. and when I purchased it @ 83,000 mi. there was a loud "roaring" coming from the rear end. I replaced the two rear with Timken and smooooth now @ 86,000 mi..

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    Re: Wheel Bearing?

    Mine rumbled like a bad tire with road noise . . had extended warranty and all fixed.

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    Re: Wheel Bearing?

    Quote Originally Posted by walshauser View Post
    Hi All-

    My STS-v has had road noise for a week now. No vibrations transmitted. During left turns/lane switches makes it louder and turning right makes it go away. No flat spots on the tires. Sounds like a wheel bearing? Is it typical to have them go out with 41K miles.

    Thanks.
    Hello walshauser,

    I am sorry to hear that you are experiencing this noise with your STS-V. You have gotten some great advice from the other community members here, but if you do plan on taking your vehicle to the dealership and would like my assistance working with them, please feel free to private message me. If you are unable to private message me, you can also reach out to me via email at socialmedia@gm.com with the subject line as “ATTN GREG” so it gets delivered straight to me. I look forward to hearing from you soon.

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    Re: Wheel Bearing?

    bought mine from dealer at employee cost and still was over 260 bucks for the hub for a front one if i wasn't so picky i would go to oreillys and buy one from them save ya a good bit of money. i thought i just had cupped out tires until it started getting way more noticable especially on turns when taking load on and off the bearing.

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    Re: Wheel Bearing?

    Opinions vary widely. I have replaced six over the last three years, all DIY. Most mechanics recommend they be replaced in pairs. If you plan to keep the car for a while like me get good replacements with a lifetime warranty. Of the 6 I've replaced, I only paid for four and I'll never pay for another for the life of the car.

    The lifetime warranty also helps in matching bearings. On occasion, the ABS sensors will trigger ABS or Stabilitrac error coded if the pair (front or rear) is not within a specific tolerance of each other. Not necessarily a bad hub from the factory, just not a good match for the current hub on the other side. Of the six I've replaced, it took 9 hubs to get matched sets. Evidently, my supplier understands this and whenever I call for a warranty replacement, hes sends me a pair in case one doesn't work.

    I know I go through a lot of hubs, but that's "Because RaceCar!!" My chief mechanic wants me to buy the more expensive HD SKF Racing Hub units at $550 each. Problem is they have no warranty, are advertised to be good for 18 races, and I don't see them making me any faster. So I got Timkens with a lifetime warranty - I just have to wait a week to replace one when it goes bad. And if I keep the car for another 6-10 years like I plan, then I'm ahead of the game.
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    Thanks for the info. I'll be ordering pairs from now on.
    Last edited by rbzstsv; 11-08-13 at 09:30 AM.


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