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masa2097 7/3/2012

1996 Volkswagen Jetta GL 4 Cyl 2.0L

Steering & Suspension

Bad wheel bearing or cv joint?

So I have had an ongoing issue with an almost constant squeak coming from my drivers side wheel. Thought it was my brakes but replacing the pads and rotors did not fix it. The sound begins once I have been driving a mile or two when things are warmed up and only stops when I press the brake pedal. There is no unusual movement from the wheel when raised and my cv boots are good, except on the pass side where one is ripped. Could the joint go bad without a ripped boot? Is my bearing bad? Sound diminishes on left turns. I'm at a loss, please help.

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Jimm 7/4/2012

Several possibilities; faulty / dry wheel bearing, faulty / worn CV joint or axle bearing. The clue is; the noise stops when the brake pedal is pressed - this almost certainly is the wheel bearing - the brake application will 'load' the wheel bearing causing the noise to stop.

Try the many on-line auto parts sources, such as; www.RockAuto.com or www.autopartswarehouse.com for the replacement parts. Try the 'How-To-Guides' feature on the AutoMD website for the specific steps to inpect and replace the front wheel bearing or hub assembly.


masa2097 7/4/2012

I was really hoping it was not the bearing as they are the pressed kind and I'm unsure if they can be repacked. Not to mention the need for a press and my extreme budget. Thank you for the info, greatly appreciated.


masa2097 7/7/2012

Wanted to follow up and let you know that it was in fact the bearing. Thanks again

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