The ABS light is staying ON. When you hit a bump, and usually when you
make a turn onto a street (especially if there is a dip), you hear a
metallic pop or clunk noise. The steering acts/feels perfectly normal.
Braking is good, not weak, but if the car is moving and you tap the brake
suddenly with a bit of force, there is a loud clunk that you also feel
(vibration). IF you brake really heavily to a stop, there is a definite
The pops and clunks all seem to be coming from the right-hand front
There is also a loud whine above about 15 MPH that is very low-pitched
at that speed, but rises with engine RPM. It sounds kind of like dry gears.
It also reminds me of how a truck with knobby tires sounds, or the noise
grooved pavement for extra traction makes. That sound is coming from the
front, but it doesn't seem to be specifically from one side or the other.
The tranny shifts a little bit rough/abrupt, but otherwise is OK, fluid
looks good and at correct level.
I took the front wheels off and checked the right brake, wheel and
suspension out, I cannot find any obvious worn or loose part. I tried
shaking the wheels (when tires were still on) from side to side, found no
play in them. The tires are wearing normally. The ABS sensor connections
were OK at least on the front. I did find that the right-hand wheel bearings
are dry/bad....it makes that dry scraping /whirring noise when the wheel is
rotated, and it is the bearing, not the brake pad. So I have to get that
wheel bearing re-packed.
I was wondering if it might be a bad front shock, but when I do that
sudden brake tap-test, the front of the car isn't dipping...not enough to
set off a bad shock... so I am pretty sure that there is is something loose
in the brake mechanism. What can I check? I am obviously missing