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Possible wheel bearing?

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#1 2011fiesta

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Posted 13 January 2012 - 11:40 PM

Over the last couple of weeks I noticed a rubbing noise when turning, (mainly when to the right) from the front of the car - passenger side wheel I believe.

Today I happened to have the windows down a bit for the first time in ages and noticed the rubbing was happening even on the straights now. (The noise gets faster the faster I drive and stops completely when I come to a stop).

I asked my local friendly mehanic to check for grit or whatever between the brakes/pads etc (sorry - I'm no car expert). Anyway he saw nothing and said if it gets worse take it to the dealer with it being under warrenty.

After finding an empty street I drove a bit more with the windows right down and decided the steam-train-like noise was embarrasing and called the dealer. They said to take it in tomorrow morning for someone to come for a ride and have a listen.



Just suprised a bearing may need changed after only 12,000 miles :wacko: . Is there anything else it is likely to be, or probably a bearing?


Thanks
I'll report back tomorrow. Flipping cars eh.

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#2 2011fiesta

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Posted 14 January 2012 - 11:26 AM

They reckon its just a pad catching rather than a bearing gone.

Booked in for Monday afternoon to get checked out. Should give me plently of time to sit in the new focus' while I wait :D Every cloud and all that.

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Posted 14 January 2012 - 04:23 PM

think there are a few TSB's floating around for the fiesta for front end noises and front brake dragging according to etis. gotta be worth a look :)


26/08/11
Grinding noise from the front end during straight-ahead driving and when cornering; Installation of a new halfshaft bearing
7/2010
If there are concerns relating to grinding noise from the front end during straight-ahead driving and when cornering, the probable cause is a defective halfshaft bearing.
To rectify this concern, the intermediate shaft should be removed and a new halfshaft bearing and halfshaft bearing retainer installed.
When holding the halfshaft bearing retainer and rotating the bearing, a rough feel should clearly be felt. With the vehicle raised, turn the halfshaft via the wheel and listen for grinding noise or rough running of the halfshaft bearing for this purpose.



27/05/11
Front brake dragging
67/2010
Should a customer express concern about front brake dragging, the probable cause is corrosion and contamination build up between brake pad ears and front brake pad fixing clamp / caliper anchor bracket.
Squeaking noises from the front brakes can occasionally occur and are not subject of this Technical Service Information. To rectify the concern, all brake pad to brake caliper contact surfaces should be cleaned with brake cleaner and grease applied to ALL brake pad to brake caliper contact surfaces.
Apply a thin film of grease. Be careful not to apply excessive grease.

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Posted 14 January 2012 - 05:11 PM

think there are a few TSB's floating around for the fiesta for front end noises and front brake dragging according to etis. gotta be worth a look :)


26/08/11
Grinding noise from the front end during straight-ahead driving and when cornering; Installation of a new halfshaft bearing
7/2010
If there are concerns relating to grinding noise from the front end during straight-ahead driving and when cornering, the probable cause is a defective halfshaft bearing.
To rectify this concern, the intermediate shaft should be removed and a new halfshaft bearing and halfshaft bearing retainer installed.
When holding the halfshaft bearing retainer and rotating the bearing, a rough feel should clearly be felt. With the vehicle raised, turn the halfshaft via the wheel and listen for grinding noise or rough running of the halfshaft bearing for this purpose.



27/05/11
Front brake dragging
67/2010
Should a customer express concern about front brake dragging, the probable cause is corrosion and contamination build up between brake pad ears and front brake pad fixing clamp / caliper anchor bracket.
Squeaking noises from the front brakes can occasionally occur and are not subject of this Technical Service Information. To rectify the concern, all brake pad to brake caliper contact surfaces should be cleaned with brake cleaner and grease applied to ALL brake pad to brake caliper contact surfaces.
Apply a thin film of grease. Be careful not to apply excessive grease.



Thanks for this Amy, much appreciated.

I may just print this off and take it with me.

On the drive this morning the guy seemed to lean towards the rubbing noise being from a catching brake pad. If thats the only thing they look at and the noise remains when I get the car back I'll suggest they look at the bearings/half shaft bearing thing.
Sure they'll sort it first time though. They are a helpful and friendly bunch.

Thanks again, you're one handy member to have around.

:) Paul

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Posted 15 January 2012 - 06:10 PM

no problem at all! :)

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Posted 16 January 2012 - 05:20 PM

Well they had it up on the ramps and couldn't see anything, drove around a little and couldn't hear anything. They said maybe they disturbed a bit of debris or whatever was causing the rubbing noise when removing the wheel /checking the pads/discs etc.

Sure enough the car quietly purred home as usual.

Was told to just to bring it back if the noise returned.

Shame I took an afternoon off work for it but at least all is well. :)

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Posted 01 February 2012 - 06:16 PM

....and the noise has returned again. What a crock of #!£% <_<

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