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Re: Clio I running gear hum/rumble. HELP!!!
Good afternoon gents,
Just an update with the outcome of my problem.
In a nutshell, my initial belief that the fault was with the front left wheel bearing was correct!
What caused me to wonder was that the garage that carried out the MoT inspection said there was nothing wrong with the bearing, well one would expect the professional to know wouldn't you?
I was a little bothered by the fact however, that they said they had no idea what the humming sound was. On reflection I think they just couldn't give a sh** having had a few score off me to pass through the MoT! Have a guess if I will use them again?
BTW I was in this position because the garage I have used for the past 16yrs has fallen foul of the current economic crisis.
Anyway, I made an operational decision and ordered a bearing then dismantled the swivel hub (having made the requisite tool to stop the hub rotating) before taking it to another local garage who I had never heard of before despite them being around for 7 years. They were really helpful, friendly and only charged me £19 to press the bearing in. So with the cost of the bearing the job cost me a little over £30. The '97 Clio now whispers along like a ghost!
To be fair, when I took the hub off there was no apparent play in the bearing but it did feel extremely free to rotate and there was a feeling in hand of it having sand or grit inside it. Once the new bearing was fitted the hub in hand felt firm and smooth when rotated.
The moral of the story is; always be prepared to get your hands dirty but above all know your garage and don't always believe the BS that some of them dish out!
Once you know what to do this is an easy job, notwithstanding the need for a hydraulic press to fit the bearing. I think £30 is pretty much an economic success!
Currently in Watchdog's garage:
Megane II 1.9 Coupe, Clio MkI Ph3, FZR1000