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2002 Grand Am GT Tire/Wheel Noise
01-04-2012, 10:22 AM
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2002 Grand Am GT Tire/Wheel Noise
I have a 2002 Pontiac Grand Am GT with V6 automatic transmission, ~141,000 miles on it and live in SE Virginia. For the past 3-4 days when I am driving I hear a wuwuwu sound coming from the direction of the driver's side front wheel. It doesn't seem to happen below 30 MPH and only seems to happen when my foot is on the gas pedal at all. If I let up and coast it dissipates. If I brake, it dissipates. If I move my car to the right it dissipates. Then just this morning I was driving and was barely making any noise at all, whereas before I could hear it over my radio and heat. It's pretty cold here this morning (around 22 degrees), so maybe that has something to do with it. I know very little about cars, so I have no idea what the issue could be. Thanks for any help.
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01-04-2012, 11:13 AM
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RE: 2002 Grand Am GT Tire/Wheel Noise
Edgeblade,

I would start by jacking that side of the car up in the air (safely please). Check the wheel bearings, this can be accomplished several ways. First you can use a run-out caliper (recommended) or you could check the old fashioned way; by placing a pry bar under the wheel and lifting up checking for unnecessary movement.

While the vehicle is in the air I would also remove the wheel and check the brake system. I have seen the retainer clips that hold the disc brake pads cause this same issue.

Heat and Cold can cause cars to make weird noises which is actually a good thing because this will help alert you to problems before they become severe.

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01-04-2012, 11:36 AM
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RE: 2002 Grand Am GT Tire/Wheel Noise
Good tips so far and from where I sit it does sound like a wheel bearing issue, although I doubt you will need a pry bar to feel the slack.

Once the front of the car us up off the ground and safely supported just grab the tire top and bottom then try to wiggle it. If you feel any play at all it's time for a bearing replacement. If you are not mechanicaly handy then take it to a shop. Bearing prices can range from a $300 - $500 plus labor so likely around $400 - $600 total. This job requires some BIG sockets that the average DIY type probably doesn't have laying around.

Let us know who you make out or if you need further help.
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01-13-2012, 12:57 PM
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RE: 2002 Grand Am GT Tire/Wheel Noise
Thanks for your replies. It started making a lot more noise the other day and so I am putting it in the shop tomorrow hopefully.
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01-13-2012, 08:33 PM
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RE: 2002 Grand Am GT Tire/Wheel Noise
Thanks for the update.

Please let us know what they find.

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01-19-2012, 10:53 AM (This post was last modified: 01-19-2012 10:54 AM by edgeblade.)
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RE: 2002 Grand Am GT Tire/Wheel Noise
They couldn't get it in until today. Just got a call from them and they said studs had broken on the hub and the wheel had nearly fallen off. They said the estimate is $223 + tax for parts & labor. Not as bad as I feared price-wise, but still not cheap.
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01-19-2012, 10:17 PM
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I'm thinking that price is a real bargain compared to what it would have cost if the wheel would have come off, hit someone, you lost control of the car, more damage, towing...

Sure glad to hear that you got it to a shop before anything bad happened! Thanks for the update. So few people take the time to let us know the outcome. Please stop by again some time.

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