Wheel Bearing

Bernie Benz b.benz at charter.net
Wed Mar 26 21:35:39 EST 2003

Nothing else sounds like a failing wheel bearing, but which one?
I'll fwd my Wheel Bearing Postmortum of 11/01 FYI.  Life expectancy, 1 to 3K
without intervening maintaince. What is "premature bearing failure"?


> From: ben swann <benswann at comcast.net>
> Date: Wed, 26 Mar 2003 23:48:27 -0500
> To: 200q20v at audifans.com, mayszada at bp.com
> Subject: Wheel Bearing
> Do these cars - the 200 20V tqs have a higher incidence of premature
> bearing failure?  Mine seems to be exhibiting what appears to be a
> bearing noise and only has 107k mi.  In other VAG cars I've owned, I
> didn't see time to replace bearings 'til well over 150k mi.
> On mine the noise tends to become more pronounced when making a left
> turn.  Sometimes at highway speeds, it sounds like a helicopter.  I
> plan to replace the bearings in the near future, but at 107000 miles,
> should I be suspect of possible transmission failure?  Don't see any
> fluid leaks.
> Ben
> [I'm getting a "howling" sound from the right rear of my car.  It
> definitely is wheel/tire related and starts at about 40 mph.  I suspect
> passenger side wheel bearing.  My questions are; Could the problem be
> something else...axle???  Is there a way to definitively determine if
> it is indeed the bearing??  If it is the axle, I'm inclined to taking
> the bearing housing out and bringing it to a machine shop to have a new
> bearing pressed in,...I'm told this is a fairly easy job to remove the
> bearing housing, anything I need to be concerned with when doing
> this???   Thanks for you help.]
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