Hi Everyone ~
99 Taurus SE w/Vulcan, 106k, I am hearing an intermittent groaning
sound when the car is in motion and the wheel is turned slightly.
I call it the old man groan. In Sept I had the tie rod ends and the
wheel bearing on the passenger side done. The rest of the front end
checked out ok at the time.
What is making this noise? Steering pump?
I hope it isn't the other bearing - it is making a completely different
noise than the passenger side did when the bearing went. The bearing
was kind of a constant low pitched rumble, what it is doing now is a
higher pitched moan.
It sounds like a dried out friction sound - and it only happens
intermittently, but always when the car is in motion, so I am thinking
it is not the power steering pump.
Also note that my mechanic replaced the bearing on the passenger side,
and the tie rods on both sides in September. I would imagine he would
have known if the bearing was gone on the drivers side as well.
Is there any test that can be done to see if the driver's bearing is
gone? Or could this still be something else?
What is the procedure for testing the front end? Jack up the car and
pull on the wheel top and bottom & side to side? What tests what? How
much play is normal?
(I am doing the turkey baster power steering fluid change - but since
the noise doesn't happen when the car is standing still, I don't think
it is the power steering.)
Also, I was thinking of trying to grease the front end that may be
dried out - but I don't think there are any grease fittings. Are there
any areas in the front end that would benefit from some grease?
Thoughts are appreciated.