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wheel bearing/road noise? easy to replace?

Discussion in 'Ibiza Mk4 (2002-2008)' started by eugenebd, May 18, 2010.

  1. eugenebd

    eugenebd Active Member

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    hi ya, how easy is rear wheel bearing replacement on mk4 ibiza tdi 03 reg?
    is it a press in job? or not
    as i have weird road/drone noise at some speeds but not any wobble when i jack it up and it just passed an mot!
    but the drone is driving me nuts so need to fix it
     
  2. vp1701

    vp1701 Guest

    check your tyres first before changing any wheel bearings. i had similar problem on 06 ibiza dab and turns out to be dodgy bridgestone tyres - they had worn funny something called feathering causes a noise exactly like a knackered wheel bearing
     
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    eugenebd Active Member

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    i changed my wheels as the one on rear corner that was making the noise was buckled and £500 later still the same noise! not a happy bunny. swopped the wheels round still the same
    i do get some noise from the disc rubbing but have got new discs and pads to go on.
    but no more heat build up than the other side after a run so a bit stuck and was thinking it could only be the bearing
    any ideas gratefully recieved
     
  4. DEAN0

    DEAN0 Old Git

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    Rear wheel bearings are easy to change - they come as a hub/bearing/abs sensor ring assembly.

    you will need a 30mm 12 point socket for the hub nut.

    If you are lucky - the disc will come off without removing the caliper carrier (caliper needs to come off)

    I did mine not long back to solve the same issue - it failed - noise still there.

    Have a good close look at the edges of your tyres - are the blocks wearing so that there looks to be a step pattern going around the tyre ?
     
  5. eugenebd

    eugenebd Active Member

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    thanks for that! will have a good look when i do the discs and pads
    so you still have the problem?
     
  6. rich3001

    rich3001 Active Member

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    I found that this noise was my tires. I changed to a different type and its stopped now.
     
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    DEAN0 Old Git

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    Unfortunately - YES.

    Car went through MOT without issues - even though I asked them to double check the wheel bearings.

    Howls like a gud un - worse at around 40 mph - tyres have too much life in them to just junk them
     
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    DEAN0 Old Git

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    What did you have on and what did you change to ?

    Are you on 205/45-16 tyres ?
     
  9. rich3001

    rich3001 Active Member

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    Yeh thats the size. i currently run toyo proxy t1r but was running avon zv3.

    Edit: The noise drove me mad before i got a new set of tires so much that i put the car back onto 14'' steelies
     
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    DEAN0 Old Git

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    I have run Uniroyal Rainsports for years and have been really impressed with them.

    The last set were Uniroyal Rainsport 2 tyres and they are currently howling.

    Looks like a change of brand is required when the next change comes along.
     
  11. rich3001

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    I hadnt had problems with the avons before and it was my 5th set of them, but the noise drove me mad. So i thought i would have a change. The only problems with the toyo's im running now is ive done about 15k on them and will need a new set soon :whistle:
     
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    I've still got my noise, it's been through two garages and an MOT and none of them found anything. And mine isn't even an Ibiza, apparently a large proportion of VAG cars suffer from it. I'm just hoping I can afford some new rubber before the noise gets so bad that I run out of stereo volume....
     
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    I'm glad you just said that as my cupra with Rainsport 2's is making the same noise. Was looking at replacing bearings but will wait until the tyres are done first. It's a shame really as they are cracking tyres for the money and the Rainsport 1's never had the problem
     
  14. neiltdi

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    Im soo glad I found this thread.

    Guys, I have the same problem. As soon as I hit 40mph the noise drives me crazy!

    I took it to a 4 wheel alignment specialist, who despite correcting my tracking relative to the rear wheels, did nothing for the noise.

    The noise started about 3 weeks ago when Seat fitted 'Rainsport 2' tyres to the front two wheels!! However the noise sounds like its coming from the rear and goes quiet when i turn left.

    How did you guys get on?
     
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    I'm living with it until the tyres are done. I'll be replacing them before the MOT in september but not sure what to put on. Think the same will be going on again despite the noise.

    I had someone take a look at mine just in case the bearings were going and he advised me to carry on using the car until the noise got worse as he couldn't feel any play.

    If the volume is changing when turning, I'd get the bearings checked for piece of mind as that to me suggests a bearing is worn. The tyres may just be amplifying the noise
     
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    UPDATE - I have just had 4 brand new rainsport 2 tyres fitted ( 205/45 - 16 ) - this time i went with the recommended "W" speed rating rather than the "V" rated tyres everyone says are good enough.

    Car is now as quiet as it has ever been.

    When we inspected the tyres that came off the rears had a strange wear pattern in them - the inside edge blocks had a step pattern in them.

    Mate who fitted them said that uniroyal have had a quality issue on the rainsport 2's and stopped making them for a short while.

    The ones fitted are date code 2510 - ie they were made in week 25 of 2010
     
  17. techie

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    Its whats know as saw toothing.

    The blocks of tread fold over and wear unevenly creating steps which make noise.
     
  18. rf860

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    i get this noise as well, i thought it was a wheel bearing but i am guessing it is now something to do with the tyres, always seems to be at 40 mph. Looking at getting some of those rainsport 2 tyres as apparantly they are good for road noise
     
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    Old thread i know but the past 2 months ive got the same issue. A awful howling between 35-45 mph. After that road noise blocks it out on B roads. It can pulsate at motorway speeds. Flipping driving be nuts !. Ive got Rainsport 2's all round and ive worn the outer edge on the fronts so swapped them to the rear. I will have to check on this sawing thing. i did see a vid on YT where a Mini was doing the same.
    Ive been thinking wheel bearing as that how it sounds but its gone through an mot and a full point check at the dealers. Ive jacked up the front and checked for any play. none. I recon it could be the rainsports :-(
     
  20. oba

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    the car is a vw polo but is the same job.

     

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