I have a 2001 2.5 Sport. It’s wonderful. It’s also very
quiet. Well it was until recently. Now I can hear a grating
/ rumbling / whining from the drive train somewhere. In any
other car you’d probably just think that was how it was
designed, but I’m used to my X being quiet.
It’s not proportional to the speed of the car.
It’s not proportional to the engine speed.
It happens all the time I’m driving in a straight line. It’s
also there when I turn right, but it goes as soon as I
deviate even a fraction to the left. That makes me think
it’s something at the front of the car, but it’s hard to pin
down where the noise is coming from - two blokes at my
garage couldn’t figure it out.
I’ve had it up on a jack to see if it’s the wheel bearings.
There’s no play in the wheel when grabbed at 12 and 6
o’clock. If I grab it at 9 and 3 o’clock then it wobbles a
bit, presumably because they are supposed to move that way
for steering! If I rotate the wheel then the 12-6 position
is always firm. There’s no bearing noise when I rotate the
wheel, but there is a bit from the brakes rubbing. The
bearings don’t make any vibration if I put my hand on the
hub and rotate the wheel.
Both front drive shafts make the same bit of a clunk when I
There is a very slight vibration in the car as the problem
gets worse over the last few weeks, but the steering wheel
is not affected.
One day, when it was about 2 degrees celsius there was a
whine from what sounded like the (UK) passenger back wheel
for about 800 metres, then it went away, never to return.
Any suggestions would be welcome.
I was half-tempted to just change the wheel bearings, but
haven’t found a workshop manual yet. My garage would take a
punt and do it for over 200 pounds, but they aren’t even
sure what the problem is either.–
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