Q: Low grinding noise in low gears like turning corners

asked by on February 01, 2017

Hi, I've got an issue with my car which normally occurs when turning corners in low gears at a low speed, almost as if I need to apply more gas. If I do apply more gas while at the same time lifting the clutch up the car is fine but if less gas is applied the grinding noise occurs, almost sounding as if it is going to stall. Just to note, the noise does not affect the performance of the car in any way.

Thanks, Kyle Ackroyd

My car has 98000 miles.
My car has a manual transmission.

Hi Kyle, It sounds like you may have a failing or worn out wheel bearing. 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.

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