How to Diagnose a Wheel Bearing Noise
- 1). Drive the vehicle down the road and listen out the window to determine which wheel bearing is making the noise. Park the vehicle on a flat surface.
- 2). Jack up the corner of the vehicle that has the noisy wheel bearing. Place a jack stand under the proper jacking point. Lower the vehicle onto the top of the jack.
- 3). Grab the top of the wheel with one hand and grab the bottom of the wheel with the other hand. Move the wheel in and out to determine if there is any slack between the wheel and the hub. Slack between the wheel and the hub can cause damage to the wheel bearing.
- 4). Grab one side of the wheel with one hand and grab the other side of the wheel with the other hand. Move the wheel back and forth to determine if there is any side-to-side slack. If there is, the wheel bearing could be damaged.
- 5). Grab the wheel with both hands and slowly turn it clockwise. Listen for any noises originating from the location of the wheel bearing. If any sounds are present, you have a faulty wheel bearing. If no noises are heard, remove the wheel hub and take it to an auto repair shop to have the wheel bearing visibly inspected.