Q: My car sounds like it has a bad wheel bearing with a loud banging sound coming from the back area.

asked by on

I thought maybe my car has a bad wheel bearing, because of the sound. I was told it was a bad tire, replaced the back tire. I drove maybe 3 miles, car started having a banging sound from the back area. Can you tell me, what you might think what might be the problem?

My car has 57000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

Hello and thank you for contacting YourMechanic. The noise could be a loose spare tire or something in the trunk bouncing around. If not, then there could be a lubrication failure in the differential or a loose axle mount.

It also could be a worn or damaged wheel bearing, as it would be under the most load at those times. Raise up the rear of the vehicle with the front tires chocked and check the rear wheel by spinning them and listening for any noises.

If you need assistance in finding the source of the sound, then seek out a qualified technician, such as one from YourMechanic, to diagnose the sound and perform a wheel bearing replacement if necessary.

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. My car sounds like it has a bad wheel bearing with a loud banging sound coming from the back area.

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: The Check Engine Light is on but the scanner shows no codes.

The brand, type, quality, and manufacturer coverage of the scanner you bought will dictate how they read the codes. Unfortunately, not all scan tools are created equal. When it comes to hybrid vehicles, you may want to make sure you...

Q: Does the main relay also affect the turn signals?

Hi there. It sounds like you may have blown a fuse during your repair of the main relay. Check all your fuses and relays and replace them as necessary. Then, using an electrical wiring diagram, verify that the wiring harness...

Q: Smoke from engine and checked with nearby line lube express in petrol station. They said it's a problem with AC compressor bearing.

Hi there. The seal on the compressor to the air conditioning system has a leak and caused the oil and refrigerant to leak out of the compressor. The bearings on the compressor shaft are lubricated with the oil in the...

Related articles

How Long Does a Distributor O Ring Last?
The distributor is part of the ignition system in your vehicle and its purpose is to route high voltage from the ignition coil to the spark plug. The spark plug then...
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...
How to Avoid Back Pain in a Car
If you have back problems, sitting in a car for an extended period of time can be excruciating. Even without back problems, you could experience discomfort and soreness from...