'98 Mercury Sable noise

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#1

We have a '98 Mercury Sable that makes a low groaning sound whenever the car has been driven a few miles and we are turning right. No service center seems to know what it is.


#2

Possible worn wheel bearing.


#3

I’d come nearer thinking it’s a bad CV joint. I replaced a very dried out CV shaft on a 2000 Taurus just last week. It roared all the time.


#4

Any other symptoms? Is is speed sensitive? Is it worse when accelerating or braking?

If you slightly apply the brakes while turning does it happen?

It could be a bearing, CV axle, a scraping rotor or some other front end component. The more info you can provide the better help you can get.


#5

Our 98 Windstar started to make a groaning noise at 57k during slow turns or turning out of a driveway. The tie rod ends needed lubing. Although there were no grease fittings, my mechanic was able to get some grease into the tie rod ends. I think he used a needle(?) attachment on the grease gun to get the grease past the seal. They were fine when we sold the van with 98k a few years later.

Ed B.