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    Hi Froggers, my front wheels are making a rumbling noise. I suspect wheel bearings. Should i get this looked at asap or can i pretend it's not there for a while & go down the coast - a 500km round trip?
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    Jack up the offending wheel, (just so as it can rotate), from under the lower ball joint, (or a notch on the control arm near the wheel), (to try to keep the geometry the same as on the road).

    Grip the wheel at the noon and 6 position and rock in and out, (bottom out and top in and then top out and bottom in).
    Do the same at the 9 and 3 position and at 11 and 5. (
    If there is any significant movement (there is meant to be a little free play of a mm or so), then you may need to adjust the wheel bearing, (a pull down and grease in the process is best). If there is movement in one plane and not another then the problem may be tie rod ends or lower ball joints, (it takes a bit of experience to tell if you are new to this kind of thing.

    Look closely at the tread wear before going down the track of replacing the bearings, noisy tyres can sound like noisy bearings, (307 case in point).

    BTW CBC bearings sell the inner, outer and the grease seal at about 1/3rd of the price of the Peugeot kits, (just get the bearing numbers off the shells and seal .... they can match them).
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    Quote Originally Posted by nickc View Post
    Hi Froggers, my front wheels are making a rumbling noise. I suspect wheel bearings. Should i get this looked at asap or can i pretend it's not there for a while & go down the coast - a 500km round trip?
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    nickc
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    nick,
    30 year old wheel bearings making a noise?
    Geez, they don't make 'em like they used to eh?

    The'75 model bearings will be the ball type. As Gamma posted, carry out tests. Also while the wheel is off the ground spin it and listen for 'grumbling'.

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    and dont commence a 500km trip with noisy bearings!

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    Thx Gamma
    Will give that a go
    I did just put on a new set of tyres
    BF Goodrich sport TA
    I don't recall noticing the rumbling when i had the tyres put on a few months ago
    only in the last month
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    Quote Originally Posted by nickc View Post
    Thx Gamma
    Will give that a go
    I did just put on a new set of tyres
    BF Goodrich sport TA
    I don't recall noticing the rumbling when i had the tyres put on a few months ago
    only in the last month
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    As tyres wear in they can get noisey.
    If they are not directional tyres try swaping left to right and front to back. The noise will be different and might even disapear.

    Still check for slack bearings though.
    There is no substitute for taking the hub off the stub axle and wiping down the bearing surfaces and seeing for yourself the wear.
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    Hhmm I was going to say tyres too. Rubber can harden as it gets older. They still can have a heap of tread, but as the car is parked, used, parked & used, it can creat a 50 cent piece effect on the tyre surface - thus a rumbling noise.

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    The simple and easy way to eliminate tyre noise as a likely suspect...Drive on grass.

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    Thanks Jo
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    I suspect it's the tyres
    I'll try that in the morning
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    Quote Originally Posted by nickc View Post
    Thanks Jo
    top suggestion
    I suspect it's the tyres
    I'll try that in the morning
    Nick
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