I have a '91 Audi 100 non-Q 4 spd automatic
Over the last 3 - 4 months I've noticed a sound as though I'm driving with
snow tires on (which I am not). The car has around 145,00 miles on it. The
sound seems to be related to wheel speed and it's not really loud like I've
read others describe a bearing to be like. I do have a torn outer CV joint
boot and I'm waiting for it to fail to change it. I can't really feel any
slop in the bearing when I jack it up and pull on the wheel. Anyone have any
ideas if this sounds like either a CV joint or wheel bearing? Any other
The noise (generally a "low growling") indeed sounds like a bearing -
failing CV's are more aptly described as "clicking".
You want to go to an empty road or parking lot, drive at a maneuvering
speed, and then crank the wheel - the bearing will be noisiest when more
heavily loaded on the outside of a turn.
If you find a torn boot, take it to a shop and have them really wash the
heck out of the CV, then relube and put on a new boot. Chances are it will
fail when you least need/afford it to.
1987 Audi 5kTQ - put off changing the clutch master cylinder for a
year.....it totally failed this morning as I left for work
1980 Audi 5k - put off brake service and blew a line on the way to a local
1962 and '64 Auto Union DKW Junior deLuxes - too old put stuff off.......
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Steve, Thanks for you help. I have a rebuilt half shaft and planned on
switching it out soon. With the noise I was hearing from the wheel I thought
I would do both jobs at the same time. I needed to confirm my suspicion
before ordering the wheel bearings. No ticking sound from the CV joint yet
but I 'll have the new one in before that happens.
I had a strange noise like this and no one was able to tell me what it
was. Someone actually suggested to change everything (bearing and cv
joint). In the end, I found out that the big nut in the middle of the
wheel was not tight. Have someone check that first before you spent
money on anything. I had no more problems after that was fixed.
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