Can't figure out hub bearing noise please help

Asked by Jul 15, 2015 at 01:57 PM

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

How are you guys doing? I have a 2002
Chevy cavalier. I am going to start from the
beginning. when I bought the car I heard a
hub bearing noise. I changed both hub
bearings in the front and the noise
completely went away. (Bought cheap hubs
online 2 for 50) but I still heard a clicking
and within 200 miles of driving the noise
came back. So I bought some more
expensive hub bearings from auto zone 70
each. And changed both and the passenger
side axle because that one the boot was
ripped. Was good for a few and now my car
sounds like a helicopter. The noise is worse
than ever. When I turn left it is the loudest
and I hear clicking on sharp turns no matter
what direction. Sounds like it's coming from
the passenger side. One mechanic told me
the driver side hub is bad but it doesn't
shake or anything . And I just changed it.
And for some reason when I take the brake
caliper off (either side) and put it back on
the helicopter noise quiets down  a little  
temporarily.  This makes no sense to me. If
you have any ideas please help me. Oh and
also I had to change the steering knuckle
on the drivers side and it is like really low
you have to really force it up to line up with
the strut. Could this be damaging the
bearing because of pressure? . Do I need a
control arm?

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Also I forgot to mention on both sides one brake pad wears more than the other. Could a caliper cause the noise? And if so what explains the clicking?

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