loud whinding noise coming from the front end of my car happened about a month and a half ago and are yet to figure out what it is.
A few people have said it was the
wheel bearings but there is no play in
the wheels at all. We put it on the lift
and noticed a bearing coming from
the cv axle going into the
transmission has a lot of play and
just did not look right looked at the
left side and didn't have much play.
The noise gets louder and I go fast
and is beyond obnoxious. What in
the world is this?! How do I fix it?!
It's coming from the cv axle it's a bearing connected to the cv axle
Time for axles and bearings I'd say. The original ones last around 100,000 miles. Try to get good quality bearings, although that seems to be difficult to do these days. The replacement ones don't last nearly as long as the originals. It's all just regular maintenance. If you can afford it do both sides at once and do both bearings and axles and then get an alignment and you should be good as new for a while.
Drive the car and turn the wheel left and right.. Try to listen to see if the noise changes pitch.. If it does, it's your wheel bearing/s.. This type of bearing assembly will not always have play in it to be bad... If the noise doesn't change when you turn, I would remove and inspect the CV joints (inner and outer)... The bearing you see at he transmission is not a bearing but a bushing.. These do nominally have some movement when the suspension is hanging on a rack because the joint does not go very deep into the trans when the suspension is hanging. It's similar to the tail shaft/drive shaft on a rear wheel drive car.. I recommend starting with test drive, its most likely a wheel bearing. I would change the whole hub and bearing assembly and not try to just have a bearing pressed on the old hub.. You can find hub and Bearing assembly's on line relatively inexpensive 40 - 60 bucks. unless there is something special about your cobalt. Good Luck
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