2005 Chevy Cavalier-howling noise from front end at speeds above 30 mph. Raised front end...no play on either wheel and no grinding from either bearing when spun. CV boots dry and no play on CV joints or shaft. Right front off ground, car in gear, ran up to 50 MPH. Quiet. Left front off ground, ran car up to 50, howling from left front end. Drove car again with NO difference in sound when swerving left or right. Any help appreciated!

Asked by Mar 19, 2016 at 04:24 PM about the 2005 Chevrolet Cavalier Base Coupe

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

Raised front end with car in neutral and spun both wheels by hand.  No
grinding noise.  CV joints bone dry on both sides.  Right front off ground,  car
chocked, ran up to 50MPH.  Quiet.  Did same with left front.  Howled like
crazy.  With no play on bearings or CV joints and shaft,  I'm stumped!  Any
help appreciated.

3 Answers

325

When u drive and hear the howl/airplane I f u jrk the wheel and noise goes away then u have a bad wheel bearing whether it has a play or not ...

1 out of 1 people think this is helpful.

Noise didn't change when jerking the wheel left or right...howling was same pitch and intensity. Could it be transmission?

78,375

Still sounds like a hub assembly going out, the axle nut holds everything together so you won't have any play until the thing is ready to fall apart, so the old school way of checking wheel bearings no longer works. Replace the hub assembly and that should take care of the noise. Then wait for the right side to go out.

Your Answer

Add photo

Related Questions

  • Wheel bearing noise 4 answers

    Hello , I have a 99 cavalier that I have been chasing a wheel bearing(hub bearing) noise and have gotten frustrated. I have replaced all hub assemblys with Timkin, but the bearing sound is still there...

    1999 Chevrolet Cavalier

    -

    Maintenance & Repair

  • 2003 Chevy Cavalier brake problem 5 answers

    Let me state up front I'm not a mechanic. I had been hearing the typical grinding noise when applying the brakes. Sounded like metal on metal and was coming from the front. So I put new brake pads on...

    2003 Chevrolet Cavalier LS

    -

    Maintenance & Repair

  • Car will not start 27 answers

    I was driving the car and I thought it ran out of gas. I put gas in the car and it still would not start. I checked the fuel pressure and it was fine. I checked to make sure the car was getting spark ...

    2005 Chevrolet Cavalier LS Sport

    -

    Maintenance & Repair

  • 2004 Chevy Cavalier will not turn over! 17 answers

    I drove my 2004 Chevy Cavalier to work with no issues and parked. When I tried to leave to go home at the end of the day, the car would not start. There was gas in the tank, the car had oil, and all...

    2004 Chevrolet Cavalier Base

    -

    Maintenance & Repair

  • How to fix lower ball joint and cv boot assembly? 3 answers

    I was turning into a parking lot with 4-5 five people it the care and into a slight slate as most parking lots do. going slow as i can. then i heard the ball joint grinding on the rim. well I didnt ...

    1995 Chevrolet Lumina 4 Dr LS Sedan

    -

    Maintenance & Repair

Cavalier

Looking for a Used Cavalier in your area?

CarGurus has 1,367 nationwide Cavalier listings starting at $1,000.

ZIP:

Search Chevrolet Cavalier Questions

Chevrolet Cavalier Experts

#1 John Saffrahn
John Saffrahn
Reputation 2,700
#2 dandyoun
dandyoun
Reputation 1,240
#3 FordNut
FordNut
Reputation 1,070
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Chevrolet Cobalt
82 Great Deals out of 4,961 listings starting at $1,000
Used Ford Focus
1,256 Great Deals out of 60,010 listings starting at $1,295
Used Honda Civic
1,179 Great Deals out of 66,806 listings starting at $695
Used Honda Accord
1,255 Great Deals out of 78,205 listings starting at $969
Used Chevrolet Malibu
1,159 Great Deals out of 80,222 listings starting at $2,495
Used Toyota Corolla
1,401 Great Deals out of 69,171 listings starting at $988
Used Chevrolet S-10
10 Great Deals out of 1,632 listings starting at $995
Used Chevrolet Impala
999 Great Deals out of 36,595 listings starting at $1,800
Used Toyota Camry
1,519 Great Deals out of 101,099 listings starting at $700
Used Nissan Altima
1,334 Great Deals out of 84,997 listings starting at $1,795
Used Chevrolet Monte Carlo
16 Great Deals out of 1,737 listings starting at $1,695
Used Honda Civic Coupe
335 Great Deals out of 17,242 listings starting at $1,000
Used Ford Mustang
716 Great Deals out of 38,848 listings starting at $1,999