99 camry possible front wheel bearing problem

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Old 11 Dec 2006, 04:40 pm   #1 (permalink)
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I have a possible front wheel bearing problem. There is an
intermittent growling sound from left front when driving at low speed.
Other times there is no sound at all when driving at low speed.

Sometimes it gets loud sometimes when I step on the brakes.

Other times there is no sound at all driving along or stepping on
brakes.

I jacked up car and manually rotated wheel. No noise. Turned
smoothly.

Then I removed caliper. Looked good.
Then I removed pads. They looked fine also.

Could this be a bad wheel bearing ?

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Old 11 Dec 2006, 05:14 pm   #2 (permalink)
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could be a worn brake pad. when was the last time you replaced them?

On Dec 11, 2:40 pm, "wp51" <wp51...@yahoo.com> wrote:
> I have a possible front wheel bearing problem. There is an
> intermittent growling sound from left front when driving at low speed.
> Other times there is no sound at all when driving at low speed.
>
> Sometimes it gets loud sometimes when I step on the brakes.
>
> Other times there is no sound at all driving along or stepping on
> brakes.
>
> I jacked up car and manually rotated wheel. No noise. Turned
> smoothly.
>
> Then I removed caliper. Looked good.
> Then I removed pads. They looked fine also.
>
> Could this be a bad wheel bearing ?


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Old 11 Dec 2006, 10:05 pm   #3 (permalink)
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It has been awhile, but the pads look good ( about 1/4 inch left ),
with same thickness left on inner and outer pads, and the rotors look
good on both driver's side and passenger side..

I downloaded directions for wheelbearing replacement.

I don't have a tie rod end removal tool. ? possible to make do with
regular tools ?

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Old 11 Dec 2006, 10:27 pm   #4 (permalink)
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I have found that when moving and turning the wheel you get the growling
sound it is usually a bearing.

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> I have a possible front wheel bearing problem. There is an
> intermittent growling sound from left front when driving at low speed.
> Other times there is no sound at all when driving at low speed.
>
> Sometimes it gets loud sometimes when I step on the brakes.
>
> Other times there is no sound at all driving along or stepping on
> brakes.
>
> I jacked up car and manually rotated wheel. No noise. Turned
> smoothly.
>
> Then I removed caliper. Looked good.
> Then I removed pads. They looked fine also.
>
> Could this be a bad wheel bearing ?
>



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Old 12 Dec 2006, 07:05 am   #5 (permalink)
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It could be the CV joint, is the rubber boot good, a small CV joint
noise is not uncommon in old cars.

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Old 12 Dec 2006, 06:46 pm   #6 (permalink)
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wp51 wrote:
> I don't have a tie rod end removal tool.

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Harbor Freight sells a tie rod end puller for less than $10 but I'd
confirm it is the bearing first. You need a hydraulic press to remove
and install and they are generally very durable.

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Old 13 Dec 2006, 04:06 am   #7 (permalink)
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Daniel wrote:
> wp51 wrote:
> > I don't have a tie rod end removal tool.

> ========
> Harbor Freight sells a tie rod end puller for less than $10 but I'd
> confirm it is the bearing first. You need a hydraulic press to remove
> and install and they are generally very durable.


Thanks for reply.

I borrowed a tie rod end removal tool in anticipation of pulling
steering knuckle and wheel bearing, with plan to check wheel bearing,
and possibly totake to machine shop. I removed wheel and noted that
outer surface of caliper was grinding metal off the adjacent surface of
the wheel. Removed caliper. The top bolt was missing, allowowing
caliper to pivot slightly on remaining lower bolt. Ordered correct
replacement bolt from Toyota.

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Old 13 Dec 2006, 09:26 am   #8 (permalink)
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"wp51" <wp51dos@yahoo.com> wrote in message
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> Daniel wrote:
> > wp51 wrote:
> > > I don't have a tie rod end removal tool.

> > ========
> > Harbor Freight sells a tie rod end puller for less than $10 but I'd
> > confirm it is the bearing first. You need a hydraulic press to remove
> > and install and they are generally very durable.

>
> Thanks for reply.
>
> I borrowed a tie rod end removal tool in anticipation of pulling
> steering knuckle and wheel bearing, with plan to check wheel bearing,
> and possibly totake to machine shop. I removed wheel and noted that
> outer surface of caliper was grinding metal off the adjacent surface of
> the wheel. Removed caliper. The top bolt was missing, allowowing
> caliper to pivot slightly on remaining lower bolt. Ordered correct
> replacement bolt from Toyota.


Good find. The presence of a "witness-mark" ie the metal swarf from the
caliper fouling on the wheel , told the story.

Jason


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