2003 Dodge Neon Noise ** UPDATE ** FIXED **

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  1. RC159

    RC159 Senior member

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    Driving straight and when turning to the left. Worse when turning left. No noise at all when turning right. The roaring noise sounds like the left wheel bearing needs to be replaced. The metal to metal sound does not sound like the wheel bearings. The CV boots look good. No clicking sound when turning. Car also vibrates when turning left. When driving straight at at 5 to 10 miles an hour, turning the steering wheel left to right, when I steer to the left just slightly I here a whining noise. Power steering fluid level is good. Anybody got any idea's.

    Got the car back. Wheel bearing and rotor replaced. Sounded and handled just like it did when I brought it in. Took it back today. Same mechanic found the problem in about 5 minutes. The tranny has 4 mounting bolts, 3 were missing and the last one left was half way out. He said he had to retap the bolt holes. He said that it looked like the tranny had been replaced because it had new seals, gaskets,etc. I asked the mechanic if the tranny would be a problem down the road because of the bolts missing ans he said no. NOW it runs and sounds like it should.
     
  2. thomsbrain

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    I think the problem is probably the 2003 Dodge Neon.

    ;) J/K, but here's a bump for you.
     
  3. CrackRabbit

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    I would bet on the wheel bearings.
     
  4. BUTCH1

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    Agreed, OP, how many miles on the Neon??
     
  5. RC159

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  6. boomerang

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    I would say the hub and bearing assembly on the right side. The metal to metal sound is the brake rotor rubbing against the caliper mount. It's flopping over because of the looseness in the hub and is contacting things it's not supposed to.

    Don't delay repairing this. If the hub assembly lets go while driving this could become a much more expensive repair. Notwithstanding the danger factor.
     
  7. RC159

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    I just jacked the front end up. Grabed the tire with both hands at 12 and 6 oclock positions and tried to rock the tire. There was no play at all in either left or right. Should there be some play if its the wheel bearings?
     
  8. boomerang

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    Yes, there most definitely would be. Sounds like they are OK.

    Maybe a transmission bushing / bearing. Jack it up and put jackstands under the car. Where the CV shaft goes into the transmission see if there is a lot of play there. There will be some. This is normal and is nothing to worry about. You want to wiggle the shaft where it enters the transmission both fore and aft and up and down. Do it on both sides. Wiggle the joints in the shafts too.

    You might have a bad joint in the CV shaft itself although the mileage seems low for that. (Low for a bushing or bearing too for that matter). They usually make a loud clicking in turns when they are bad.

    Did the brakes look OK?

    If you have the car solidly on jackstands, you can start it and put it in gear and with the tires turning see if you can hear anything. It's unlikely as you say it happens when turning, but it's simple to do when it's up like that.

    I'm sorry, but I'm out of suggestions at this point.

     
  9. RC159

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    I took it to the shop today. I'll be back when its fixed.
     
  10. boomerang

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    Yeah, please do. We rarely get any feedback here. It's nice to know what the problem really was.
     
  11. RC159

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    It's not fixed yet, but there saying the left wheel bearing is shot and the hub is warped. I let you know more Tuesday, I hope.
     
  12. RC159

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    They replaced hub bearing and hub. $305.00 cost me nothing, extended warranty covered it. They had it 2 weeks trying to figure out what was wrong with it and who was going to pay for it (Dodge or extended warranty) What a nightmare. Its all good now.
     
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    Oh, those bolts?? Yeah, I guess we should tighten them.... :shock;
     
  15. Drivable

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    Sorry to post on another post but I am having the problem on my 05 neon that boomerang talked about by checking the tranny bearing/bushing and was wondering if they can be replace with out pulling the tranny?Thanks for any help or advice anyone.