Ball Joints?


#1

I have a 2006 VW turbo diesel. About 2 weeks ago my husband had the oil changed and the wheel pressure checked. The left front tire needed air and was filled. Immediately after, I noticed a low grumbling sound from the left front of the car. I hear it when the car in going straight and when I am turning left it gets louder. The sound completely disappears when I turn right. I am not having any trouble steering nor does the car pull. I have checked the tire pressure and everything is OK. Is this a ball joint problem?


#2

I would suspect a constant velocity (CV) joint. Take your car to an independent suspension specialist and let him check out the front end.


#3

Thanks, I hadn’t thoughts about CV joints.


#4

It’s a wheel bearing making noise. Have someone check the wheel bearing.


#5

I lean towards wheel bearing since it makes noise while going straight. A CV could too, but they most commonly make noise when turning and not when going straight. I could be wrong, but I’d start at the wheel bearing. Unless you do it yourself, the mechanic will determine if it’s wheel bearing or CV.


#6

Bearing and joint are both good choices.

If the noise is fairly constant and sounds a lot like a low pitched drone I’d also lean toward the wheel bearing.