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Member Since 05 Dec 2013
Offline Last Active Jun 30 2015 10:50 PM

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In Topic: Rumbling Noise At Speed

28 June 2015 - 07:57 PM

OK, so today I jacked up each corner of the car one at a time.  Each wheel rotates freely (obviously the front ones a bit less due to the transmission) and there was no play when I tried to wiggle them in the vertical direction.  There was a very slight rubbing sound on all of them but soulnded normal enough to my untrained ear.


I will have to listen out for the noise again next time I get up some motorway speed and any changes over time.  What is the normal life expectancy of wheel bearings?  I just worked out that 100,000 miles means they have done about 50 million revolutions - a useless fact I know but sounds quite a lot and so maybe they deserve to be retired off!

In Topic: Rumbling Noise At Speed

25 June 2015 - 11:45 AM

Still haven't got around to looking at this, but will have to find some time over the weekend especially as I have a 2,500 mile trip planned in July for holidays.  Would bad bearings be someting that tends to deteriorate quickly once it starts to get noisy, or can it generally be left a while without too much risk? 

In Topic: Rumbling Noise At Speed

23 June 2015 - 06:59 AM

Did a bit of research on the internet last night - will raise the car and wiggle the wheels to see if there is any play when I get time.  Looks basically like what they do at MOT time and if the youtube videos are anything to go by I should be able to "feel" it.  Doesn't sound like too much of a pain to replace hubs on a Mk2 Focus either so might just give it a go.


It made me think - a couple of years ago I got my car towed away for illegal parking, and shortly after that noticed flat spots on the rear tyres, as if it had been dregged with the hand brake on.  This caused vibrations at motorway speeds so I had to change the tyres - could this vibration have accelerated any problems in the bearings? 

In Topic: Rumbling Noise At Speed

22 June 2015 - 01:46 PM

Hi, yes car info is under the user name - 2007 Mk2, 106,000 miles on the clock.  Is there a way I can test to see if it is definitivly a wheel bearing on the way out, and is it difficult or expensive to do?  Also is it something I can let get a bit worse or should I get it seen to straight away?



In Topic: How Much Have You Spent On Your Focus

17 June 2015 - 07:30 AM

Had a look at my costs, total of just over £3500 over 7 years, that's 3.5p/mile which I think is reasonable.  That includes tax, MOTs, servicing and repairs - big ticket items were dpf removal and remapping, and more recently the timing belt.  I do the routine servicing of oil and filters myself so that keeps the cost down a bit.  When the maintenance bill starts rising above the depreciation on a new car it will be time to change it.