[Vwdiesel] right front wheel noise

Roger Brown r.c.brown at ieee.org
Tue Apr 1 12:58:55 EST 2003

Dave wrote:
>   My Rabbit diesel all of a sudden developed a loud noise in the drivers side front end.  I jacked the car up and there is noise in the passenger side when I spin the wheel, but on drivers side when I spin the tire it makes the noise and catches at certain points.  On my drive home this morning it was horrendous. I didn't think I would make it.  The brake pads are still there I thought maybe one of the pads fell apart and it was metal on metal brakes I was hearing.  My wife watched from the front end while I spun it with the tire off and she thought the rotor might be warped a little. I scratched a mark in the end of the rotor to see if it happened the same spot as it rotated around.  Nope it didn't.  So it makes noise all the while rotating, but at some points it catches and I took the tire iron to make the wheel turn.  I guess I am thinking wheel bearing or maybe something in the transmission.  The car hadn't been driven for a year and I started driving it last week.  Any idea's.

Either wheel bearing or most likely the outer CV.  It'll catch and stick as it rotates.  Usually you can feel a worn wheel
bearing by grabbing the wheel at 6 and 12 and seeing if it rocks back and forth.  It'll also make different sounds as its on the
inside and outside of turns.


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