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Old 08-25-2003, 02:59 AM   #1
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99 SL2 with 60K miles (hit 60K tonight, actually).

Whenever I back up, primarily whenever the wheel is turned to its max to either left or right, a strange groaning noise comes from the wheel well area?

It sounds, almost, like the tire is rubbing up inside of the wheel well. But it also sounds like a ****ty bearing.

I have 15K left on the warranty... would you suggest taking it in?

CV boots are fine. Suspension doesn't show any signs of leakage. Not too sure what it is.... Thanks for any suggestions.
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The groan may very well be due to a bad upper torque axis engine mount. In reverse with the wheels turned, the mount gets flexed HARD in the exact opposite way it "normally' is when driving forward. Have a look at the mount. If the rubber portion is not 100% gap free where it meets the metal "U" shaped portion, you have found your problem.
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I had a loud noise (eventually the cause was determined to be a loose headlight assembly, but anyway!) coming from the engine compartment before, and that mount was replaced.

CV axles, if they go bad, the boot is torn, correct? It totally sounds like a bad bearing.
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As the car is under warranty, futher attempts at diagnosis (noises are about imposible) is essentially a moot point. Go ahead and take it in and have a tech go for a ride WITH YOU to hear the noise and avoid the dreaded "Could not duplicate complaint" A bad wheel bearing or CV joint (unless boot is damaged) at only 60K miles would be surprising but not impossible.
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