I have a 1997 Rodeo S V6 with about 88000 miles. For the last few
days, as the car gets to about 50mph in 2WD, the front end starts
rumbling and there is an even, moderate vibration that can be felt
through the driver's seat, but not as much in the steering wheel. The
same occurs in 4WD, but seems to happen at somehwat lower speeds.
It does not appear to be engine or transmission related, as the sound
continues regardless of RPM or load on the engine. It is only related
Any thoughts about what I have going on here? Bearings? Ball Joints?
How long has it been since you inspected and repacked the wheel bearings?
Usually a bad wheel bearing will start to make itself known at much lower
speeds, as long as you know what to listen for. However, if it's bad enough,
you'll most certainly hear it at highway speeds. However, the vibration you
are feeling may very well be tires/wheels. Like the other poster said, try
rotating the fronts to the backs and see if that helps - and while you're
doing that, clean and repack your wheel bearings. All you need are some
seals and you may even end up doing yourself a brake job.
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