01 Elantra Transaxle issue

OK the history is that about 3 weeks ago I replaced the clutch at 170K miles on my 01 ELantra , well about 1 week ago I noticed a noise like that would best be described as driving over a steel bridge grating
(the volumn and pitch of the noise is directly tied to the rotation speed of the wheels/tires not engine speed or the gear I'm in ) surface . I was very low in volumn at first and then it suddenly get quite loud after I went 2 miles or so down the road . Today I finally noticed oil leaking from the right side transaxle seal . I'm thinking that the internal bearing surface may be cracked in the trans axle which caused the shaft to vibrate causing the noise . How difficult is it to change this bearing surface and are the parts easily available ?
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Mad E Moe wrote:

Before you go ripping your tranny apart, check the wheel bearings. The noise you describe sounds exactly like a bad wheel bearing. It's possible that the oil you saw was just a bit of leakage after the clutch job.
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On Fri, 28 Sep 2007 16:58:17 GMT, Brian Nystrom
You are absolutely right Brian , I figured that out on Friday . I won't have the funds to repair it till the 15 , unless i get a buyer forone of my handguns off of one of the firearm forums I frequent.
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On Fri, 28 Sep 2007 16:58:17 GMT, Brian Nystrom
Oh BTW I forgot to add I did replace the seal on Wednesday nd examined the trasxle throughly , no leaks . I wis the bearins weren't he sealed type *sighs* to hard to determine if they are bad visually . Off to Ebay to find replacements because I ain't paying dealer prices , hopefully the guy I bought my clutch from will have a lead for bearings and I do intend to replace them both . just because .
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Mad E Moe wrote:

If the bearings are to the point where they're really noisy, it should be easy to diagnose. Just grab the top of the wheel and shake it back and forth. If you feel any play in the bearings, they're shot. You can also do this CAREFULLY with the wheel jacked up.

Replacing wheel bearings is not something that you're likely to be able to do yourself. The bearings are cheap, but they're not easy to install. Additionally, if they're not seated perfectly or you get any contamination (dirt) in them during the rebuild process, they'll fail again very quickly. Your best bet is to buy a complete rebuilt hub assembly, as it will be properly assembled in a clean environment. It's more expensive initially, but it may well be cheaper in the long run.
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The kicker is that I did give the shake/wigglee test TWICE while I had the front end up on jack stands , no give or wiggle at all thats what threw me originally , fortunately I do wotk at a place where I can use a press to do the bearings but I haven't found a source to buy the preassembled hubs which would be my first choice .
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