Q: Loud grinding noise coming from front right tire.

asked by on

Since I have swapped my tires with winter ones, I have been hearing a loud grinding noise that increases and decreases with speed and braking. At some point in the past three weeks of driving like this two of my lug studs have busted off. There is no rubbing of any sort around the tire well. I would like to know what are some of the causes of this noise and how I can avoid loosing more studs once replaced. Thank you.

My car has 112000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

It sounds like you may have a wheel bearing that may be close to locking or freezing up, which can generate an enormous amount of heat. This may eventually be enough heat to cause the wheel studs to break as you describe. A wheel bearing will usually fail due to pitting or small damage on the surface of the rollers or the bearing race. Both the surface of the rollers and the race is precision machined to tight tolerances and highly polished to allow the rollers to pass easily over the race with the addition of bearing grease for lubrication and cooling. Over time the bearing will wear slightly, allowing microscopic pieces of metal into the grease. Bearing noise can sound a lot like a brake pad dragging or grinding. It can also sound like whirring, whining or humming depending on how much sound deadening material your vehicle has in it. Bearing noise will always be dependent on vehicle speed meaning as you speed up or slow down the noise should change frequency or loudness. Cornering may affect the noise from a damaged front wheel bearing and is usually more pronounced as you make turns. I would suggest having a professional from Your Mechanic come to your location to diagnose and inspect your vehicle.

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. Loud grinding noise coming from front right tire.

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 shuts off, the engine runs in park

Hi! You may be experiencing an issue caused by the idle air control, the fuel injector, or EGR valve. If the engine runs fine while driving down the road, but won't idle, then thats different than it running bad all...

Q: Cracked valve cover

Good question and I hope I can help you fix your issue. Your car may not be starting due to your valve cover being cracked. It may also not be holding enough pressure in the engine to start. However, we...

Q: Q: Horn stopped working.

The horn is powered by the fuse you changed out. The control is the horn button and it goes through the steering wheel and clock spring behind the steering wheel. The horn relay gets power from the fuse and control...

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...
How Long Does a Heater Control Valve Last?
Keeping the right amount of coolant in a car is essential in keeping the engine at the right temperature. Failing to have the right amount of coolant or even bad elements...
Rules of the Road For Iowa Drivers
Driving on the roads requires knowledge of the rules, many of which are based on common sense and courtesy. However, even though you know the rules in...