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Old 08-13-2003, 02:24 PM   #1
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I bought a 1993 SL2 really cheap to fix up. The motor was knocking really bad so my dad and I put a new engine in it. After we put the engine in, we test drove it and the right passenger wheel is making a WAHHH WAHHHHHH sound like a grinding noise, and when you turn into it, to take pressure off of the wheel, it quiets itself. So, we were thinking it's the ball bearing for the wheel. Does this sound right? Also how hard is this too fix? The junkyard we got the engine from is giving us the stuff free, because the engine they gave us is bad....timing chain is VERY loud...so we also get a new engine free too.

So is that very hard to fix the ball bearing on the wheel???

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Old 08-13-2003, 02:46 PM   #2
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DAMN, that's a LOT Of saturns there...


Could be bearing or CV joints..

How's the CV boots?

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Old 08-13-2003, 02:49 PM   #3
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My 93 SC2 does almost the same thing..but the bearings have NO play in them, and the CV Boots are PERFECT...so..I dunno what it is...

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Old 08-13-2003, 02:53 PM   #4
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Yeah I have lots of Saturns! My grandparents have had 2, so that makes 8 we've owned all together

Actually the 1993 Blue SL2 was my first (my car), then I got the 1998 SL2. Others are ones I bought cheap and fixed up. The 1995 SL2 had 280,000 miles on it, and that was 2 years ago.

The CV joints are good....so we'll see what happens when we start working on that.

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Old 08-14-2003, 09:06 AM   #5
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Interesting.... my '93 SL2 started doing the same thing yesterday on the front driver's wheel.

CV joints will not make that kind of noise anyway, when those go, you get a really nasty *pop pop pop POP* sound out of them.

I'll be interested to see if anyone comes up with a cause on this. Mine appeared to stop doing this once I reached 75mph on the interstate for about 15 miles, I don't know if this had anything to do with the speed, or if it's just intermittant.

EDIT - How long was your SL2 sitting for? Mine I purchased for $30, and had a reputation for a light rusting on the rotors and calipers with intermittant brake problems. I'm almost wondering if it's a seized caliper causing it for both of us.

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could be the wheel bearings or cv joints. the front wheel bearings are pressed in so you'd need the special tools and a press to remove and install them.

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examine your upper engine mount. if it lets the engine drop it will make all sorts of noises. I personally replaced an axle and wheel bearings with no positive results. But, once I changed the upper mount, ( a common item if you read this board), I was rewarded with a quiet ride. turning to the right lifts the motor and quiets the car while turning left makes it worse. Good luck!

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Sounds like one of the front wheel bearings is gone. If you're getting wrecking yard parts then just pull the entire front steering knuckle with the hub and bearing. Quick test to find out which one it is is to support the front of the car so the front wheels are off of the ground. Make sure the you can get the noise like this, run the car up to speed in the air and confirm the noise. Stop, get a long solid bar and put it under one of the front wheels to stop ot from turning. Run the car up to speed again and listen for the noise, repeat for the other side, The side turning that caused the bnoise is the bad bearing.

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Yep it was the wheel bearing. My dad and I fixed it with a whole new unit from a junkyard and it works perfect now.

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