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post #1 of 2 Old 09-20-2017, 07:25 PM Thread Starter
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Bad wheel bearing / hub assembly

I'm dealing with an '02 Volvo S80 that's making a really loud whirring sound from the front pass wheel area that only gets louder the faster you go. After getting advice that it might be a bad wheel bearing I tested it by getting up to speed then steering left and right. The sound keeps up when steering left, when the weight of the car is full on the right wheels, but it stops when turning to the right, so I'm fairly sure it's the wheel bearing.

Although I'm sure I can swap it out I don't really have a lot of time right now, so I'm wondering...is this the type of malfunction that can cause a wheel to just fly off the car without warning?

Again, it's loud.


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post #2 of 2 Old 09-21-2017, 02:17 AM
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I have a couple of bad hubs in my storeroom. One has a lot of
slop and made the wheel wobbly. The other feels snug but it
was noisy and is probably dry inside. I'm glad they are not on
my vehicle.

You should replace yours asap. You can drive a little on it, but
don't push it.

Bearings can disintegrate and bad things can happen. My Jeep
had a noisy rear pinion for several months. I was driving to my
mechanic, two miles away, to finally get it repaired. At 30mph
a pinion bearing broke up and the rear wheels locked up and I was
just able to steer it to the shoulder.
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