front end noise

Asked by May 22, 2010 at 05:45 PM about the 1999 Pontiac Grand Am

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

my 1999 grand am has a front end drivers side rubbing noise. noise increases with speed. wheel bearing has been replaced. tires have been rotated. brakes have been replaced. rotor shields are not rubbing. noise is there when i coast or shut off engine while coasting. car drives good and shifts without surging (automatic) .. any ideas? i am rEALLY stumped here....

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There could be a couple of problems. Make sure the plastic covers from the wheel well are not rubbing against the tire. Make sure your struts are clearing the back side of the tire. Also another possibility is if you had you wheels balanced, and they used tape weights on the inside of the rim. Make sure the weights are clearing the Break Caliper system. To be sure i would take off that tire and inspect to see if there are any signs of rubbing on any of the components and plastic in the wheel well

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SOUNDS LIKE THE OTHER HUB BEARING IS BAD

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jack the driver side wheel up off the ground, grab the wheel at 3 and 9 o'clock and shake and 12 and 6 and shake, there should be little to no movement. If there is any it's bearing related. Also see if anything is rubbing the CV axle. make sure the boot hasnt slid down and started rubbing either.

My 1994 Grand Am also has a drivers side rubbing noise that increases with speed. The noise was caused by the hubcap was rubbing against the wheel. I removed the hubcap and that solved the problem. It seems that the hubcap was warped.

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