[V8] Strut bearing failure? - Type 44

Kneale Brownson kneale at coslink.net
Mon Dec 25 16:51:12 EST 2006

If you're getting this noise when turning and not when rolling straight,
I'd think it might be the CV joint rather than a strut bearing.  Could be a
wheel bearing too, but I'd think you'd have heard a howling sound long
before hearing grinding noises if it's a wheel bearing.  Could also be a
brake rotor shroud getting rubbed.

If the noise only occurs during the turning process (while you are
continuing to rotate the steering wheel) whether the car is rolling or not,
then I'd suspect the strut bearing.

If it's a grinding and only occurs while the car is rolling forward (or
backward) whether turning or not,  I wouldn't drive it until you have the
problem identified.

At 12:16 PM 12/25/2006 -0500, Dave C wrote:
>What are the symptoms of a bad strut bearing?
>The symptom I'm experiencing is a grinding feel and sound.  It only occurs
>during very low speed turning, as in parking the car, with the steering
>cocked fully to the left.  Does not occure when turning right.  No other
>wierdness is evident yet.  The car in question is an 87 5ktq with about 180k
>miles, and the original strut bearings.
>The part I'm talking about is part # 431412249D ... the ring shaped thing
>that is accessible only upon complete removal and disassembly of the front
>strut.  This is >not< the strut mount ... metal and rubber thing secured by
>three bolts..
>Does this sound like a bad strut bearing?
>If it is the strut bearing, what am I risking by delaying replacement?
>If not the strut bearing, what else might it be?

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