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    I cant find which wheel bearing is shot!

    I have my car in with the Opel Dealer twice and twice they can not determine which wheel bearing is shot.

    I think its one of the rears as the grinding metal noise is coming from the back, but if you sit in the drivers seat it sounds like its the right rear, and if you seat in the passenger seat it sounds like its the left rear.

    Definitely not the front, i locked the steering wheel both ways and not squeeling noises.

    I was thinking about taking it down the motorway some night and go left to right, right to left and wait to hear which side the noise is coming from when the weight is put on the wheel.

    Does anyone know how i may find out, any hints or tricks.

    1999 1.4 16v Opel Astra 83k miles.

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    Jack the car up and spin each wheel. That should determine it.
    How do you even know it is the bearings?

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    Now thats a good idea.

    I use to have a 94 Clio two years ago and the front right wheel bearing went, ill never forget the noise that the shot wheel bearing made.

    Loud metally grinding noise as what i am hearing now. It gets noiser the faster i go and definitely can hear it at 120kmph. (70mph) (Ireland is now kmph)

    So back in November i left it into the Opel Garage for a service in I told them that there was a large metal grinding noise from the rear. When i went to pick up the car, the head mechanic told me that it was the wheel bearing as i suspected.

    Do think it could be something else?

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    instead of just spinning also try rocking it up and down/ left to right and see if there is any play in it

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    Quote Originally Posted by 16v ecotec
    instead of just spinning also try rocking it up and down/ left to right and see if there is any play in it
    was just about to write that.

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    Also spin the wheel. You should be able to hear it grinding away. Has it been getting worse as the noise of a shot wheel bearing will progress over time. Might be an idea to check your brakes aswell just to be on the safe side.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bad Ass Astra
    Also spin the wheel. You should be able to hear it grinding away. Has it been getting worse as the noise of a shot wheel bearing will progress over time. Might be an idea to check your brakes aswell just to be on the safe side.
    Its been getting worst as time goes by.

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    You sure it is a wheel bearing? I had a simialr situation a while back. Read this post I made on MIGWeb for more info.
    http://www.migweb.co.uk/forums/showt...eagle+goodyear
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    tyres

    have had same prob could hear a slight bump bump noise when under 30 but after it stopped but with a dunlop tyre had thought it was bearing but on closer inspection found iregular wear patern

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    Mine sounded identical to a knackered wheel bearing.
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