Q: Grinding noise when the steering wheel is straight. More prominent at higher speeds and when the steering toward the right

asked by on

There is a whining/grinding noise when my steering wheel is straight and its more prominent while at higher speeds. If i turn the steering wheel toward the left then the whining/grinding noise goes away, and if it turn toward the right, it gets more prominent too I thought it was the wheel bearings, but there doesn't seem to be any play...

MORE INFO:

I got my wheels aligned recently and before, my steering wheel was a little off centered (slightly toward the left). After alignment, its straight Before the alignment, there was no grinding noise when going straight but now that the steering wheel is centered, it's occurring while travelling straight. Also, since my steering wheel was a little off centered to the left, i only had to slightly turn the wheel toward the left to get rid of the noise, but now i have to turn it more toward the left to rid of the noise

My car has 105000 miles.
My car has a manual transmission.

From what you describe it sounds like you have front wheel bearings that are noisey. They do not have to be loose to be noisey. Have the vehicle lifted and ran in drive to see if the noise can be isolated to one side or the other. Since noise goes away when turning left is an indication that the left bearing is bad since all vehicle weight shifts to right side bearing.

Was this answer helpful?
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details
  1. Home
  2. Questions
  3. Grinding noise when the steering wheel is straight. More prominent at higher speeds and when the steering toward the right

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: Car won't crank. I think its the timimg belt

Hey there. I'm a little confused by your issue. If your car's engine won't crank over, it typically is related to the starter motor or ignition system. A broken timing belt will prohibit the motor from spinning over, but you'll...

Q: Is the drive belt different from the timing belt?

The serpentine belt (aka drive belt), is the belt that drives the accessories on the front of the engine. It drives the alternator, water pump, power steering pump, air conditioning compressor, and any other belt driven accessories. This is the...

Q: Rear tires wear faster than front.

There is an alignment change to the rear vehicle toe in depending on the tire size. If you have 16 inch tires, then the new spec is -.12 to 0 inches. If you have the 17 inch tires, then the...

Related articles

How Do Power Car Windows Increase Passenger Safety?
Power windows are responsible for approximately 2,000 emergency room visits every year. When a power window closes, it exerts enough force to bruise or break bones, crush fingers, or restrict an airway. Though...
P0052 OBD-II Trouble Code: HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1)
P0052 code definition HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1) What the...
P2428 OBD-II Trouble Code: Exhaust Gas Temperature Too High Bank 1
P2428 code definition A P2428 trouble code signifies that the PCM has detected a problem in the exhaust gas temperature sensor circuit in bank 1, which subsequently contains the number one...