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Does anyone know anything about cars?

submitted on August 15, 2010 by mooncow728 in "Products / Gadgets"
Well my mechanic isn't in until tomorrow morning and he doesn't know if he's going to have time to look at my car. I'm going nuts so I figured I'd ask here if anyone has an idea. Friday night I was driving my car and it started sounding like I had a flat tire but I didn't. The faster I drove the faster the sound but I couldn't hear it if I was doing less than 28 mph. It sounds like it's the front driver's side tire. It wasn't hard to turn and seemed to drive fine. Although my husband swears he feels a little bit of resistance like the car doesn't want to go but I don't. I just got new brake pads and rotors put on around 2 months ago so I'm doubting that they are loose. I tried googling this but I'm coming back with all sorts of things and I'm beginning to lose my mind. Any help would be greatly appreciated!

I have an '01 Grand Prix GTP if that makes a difference.
     

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    vectra5
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    Posted by vectra5 on August 15, 2010
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    hmm.... have you checked underneath the car around the front driver's side tire? maybe something has gotten stuck there and now making all this noise...

    The best thing to do in such situations is....to roll up the windows and enjoy the ride..that's what I do sometimes to avoid hearing all kinds of car noise.. Big Grin
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    • mooncow728
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      Posted by mooncow728 on August 15, 2010
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      That was one of the first things I did. We had a lot of really strong winds that day so I got out my super bright LED flash light and saw nothing. When I googled the sound I got back all kinds of things including bad bearings, tire problems, bad differential, and a few other things. I don't have the money to fix anything right now but it's our only car so I'm freaking out.
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    Solstice
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    Posted by Solstice on August 15, 2010
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    On the same note, make sure you don't have a clump of mud or asphalt patch stuck on the internal side of the tire rim. It could be hard to see unless your under the car looking directly at the inside of the rim. (You should be able to run your hand along the inside of the rim while wearing a glove to be safe. You would notice if something is stuck to the inside, even if you can't see it easily.)

    It sounds like you might have already done this, and/or thats what Vectra was suggesting.

    FYI: Its almost impossible to effectively diagnose a car issue over the Internet, unless the answer is painfully obvious. Being able to listen to where the sound is emanating from can make all the difference in initial diagnosis. Also, a trained person will often notice something out of place, even if only slightly, that a typical person would not. Best of luck though.
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    • mooncow728
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      Posted by mooncow728 on August 15, 2010
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      I tried that the best I could. Our driveway is way too slanted to try jacking it up and we're scared to drive it more than necessary so taking it somewhere to jack it up doesn't sound so great.
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    deathbynosleep
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    Posted by deathbynosleep on August 15, 2010
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    how old are the tires? Could be a tire belt.
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    • mooncow728
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      Posted by mooncow728 on August 15, 2010
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      I think that tire has been on for around 30,000 miles and it's a 50,000 mile tire. My husband thinks I'm wrong though and thinks it's less than that. Potholes are horrible around here in the winter so we've had to switch tires out a few times so they don't match anymore.
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    Posted by DebsFreebies on August 16, 2010
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    You could have a knot on the tire, so try feeling for one. If you have weights on the rim for balancing, one might have fallen off. If either of these are the case, you often will feel it and hear a slapping type sound at low speeds but not at the higher ones.
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    mooncow728
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    Posted by mooncow728 on August 16, 2010
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    Well it ended up being both my front wheel bearings. $700 worth. Evil
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    • tammy987
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      Posted by tammy987 on August 16, 2010
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      Ouch! Hope you win one of those contest and win enough to pay for it. Confused
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    • mooncow728
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      Posted by mooncow728 on August 16, 2010
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      Thanks! Smile
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    vectra5
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    Posted by vectra5 on August 16, 2010
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    wow....$700 ? i hope you shopped around...
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    • mooncow728
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      Posted by mooncow728 on August 16, 2010
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      Well I ended up finding a couple coupons to save $60 and negotiated with them and got it down another $40. So it ended up being $600. With the mechanics around here, you can't shop around. Most of the will end up doing more damage than good. I know 2 that I trust and the other guy wanted a little over $800.
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    deby32953
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    Posted by deby32953 on August 16, 2010 [reply] 0 0
    This is what I know about cars:
    1. I have a '93 van for transporting me & it's white.
    2. My husband has a smaller, newer car & it's white too & not working as of today.

    That's it.

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