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Clio I running gear hum/rumble. HELP!!!

Good morning gents,

I have searched previous threads and I can't find reference to my specific concern so I am posting here but as will become apparent it might not be the right sub-forum.

My ClioI (1997 1.2 manual) has an annoying hum from 20 mph which originates at the front of the vehicle. The noise doesn't change much in pitch with increased speed and is not affected by engine speed, gear change or braking and is therefore confined soley to the vehicle rolling down the road. I was fairly sure that it must be a wheel bearing especially as the only time the noise changes beyond slight variation is in a sharp left hand turn above about 45 degrees thus shifting load towards the right hand wheel. In these circumstances the noise decreases or even briefly stops. This lead me towards the left hand front wheel. However the vehicle has just passed an MOT inspection and the garage said they could find no bearing issues. They said they could not identify the noise but I am not entirely convinced they really bothered as this was my first visit to that garage and it was only an MOT during which they got a few extra shillings out of me anyway. So, examining the vehicle myself I have to admit that the bearing seems stable and the wheel rotates very freely. The drive shaft however has slight oil staining (not wet as in leaking rather like the mist stains seen in many places on a vehicle of this age. If I hold the drive shaft with one hand and rotate the hub back and forth with the other I can feel a slight play not in the way of movement but a slight click felt as you would feel vibration. Does anyone have an idea of what I am looking at here, is it wheel bearing, drive shaft or something worse? I don't want to give up on this car as it is my wifes work transport and I enjoy doing what work I can on it. Please help!


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Re: Clio I running gear hum/rumble. HELP!!!

I would guess at it being the wheel bearing ... maybe just starting to show signs of wear but not enough to be picked up for excessive play? Are they adjustable on the Clio? Another guess -could the tyre be out of alignment ???

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Re: Clio I running gear hum/rumble. HELP!!!

Also try changing the tyres back to front and front to back see if the noise remains at the front

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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!


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Re: Clio I running gear hum/rumble. HELP!!!

Detecting a noisey wheel bearings can be difficult even for the experts - many have ended up replacing the wrong one at times. To improve my chances of diagnosing which one I bought myself an engineers stethoscope (cost £6-00).

When I last took my now defunct Clio to MOT there was a noisey wheel bearing but as long as it doesn't have excessive wear or play then it will not fail the test.
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