Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Wheel bearing going out

asked by on

While driving, my car makes a noise near the front right wheel. It could possibly be the wheel bearing. I also just replaced my alternator and it is now making a clicking sound.

A: Hi there. A faulty wheel bearing will gener...

Hi there. A faulty wheel bearing will generally cause a growling noise similar to a chopping or cupping wear on the inner or outer edge of one or more tires. To determine this, the tire on the suspected wheel of the bearing issue needs to be examined. This can be done by carefully inspecting the tread wall of the tire on the inner and outer edge to see if there is a wavy pattern in the tread wall. If a wavy pattern is detected, the tire/tires will need to be replaced and the vehicle aligned. If no unusual wear pattern is detected, then the vehicle will need further testing to determine whether it is a bearing issue. This diagnosis commonly includes either a specialized type of test drive to shift the weight of the vehicle while moving or placing the vehicle on an automotive lift or stands to allow the wheels to be unweighted and driven to highways speeds. You may want to enlist the help of a mechanic, such as one from YourMechanic, to assist in the repair of the wheel bearing.

As far as the alternator is concerned, the noise source can be determined with an engine stethoscope. Most alternators are remanufactured and it is possible there was an issue with the remanufacturing process. If you need further assistance, contact a certified mechanic, like one from YourMechanic, to inspect the clicking noise coming from your alternator.

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1000 mechanics are ready to answer your question.
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Ask a Mechanic
(100% Free)

Have a car question? Get free advice from our top-rated mechanics.

Ask A Mechanic
Over 10,000 questions answered!

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Save up to 30%

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: When I drive My steering is turning left and right without turning I don't know what is the problem

Hello, thanks for writing in about your 1997 Nissan Maxima. From what you've described you should have the front tires checked. One of them may have a broken/shifted belt. The tire basically becomes egg-shaped rather than round and can potentially...

Q: My truck vibrates in the frount end when i slow down are brake around 30 to 20 mph ive changed the whole set up as far as brakes

Hello. This is a sign of potentially bad or worn wheel bearings. When wheel bearings wear out or become damaged due to dirt or debris or lack of proper lubrication, they will cause this type of vibration which is more...

Q: Idling erratically.

There is a possibility that your ECM could be causing your idling issue. However in my experience control modules do not go bad very often. The problem could be as simple as a throttle body that needs to be cleaned...

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...
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...
P2103 OBD-II Trouble Code: Throttle Actuator Control Motor Circuit High
P2103 means there is a fault with the throttle actuator control motor circuit, likely due to a defective electrical component or part.