My Volkswagen sounds like it’s got a dry wheel bearing in the front.

One day about 3 months ago my car started whining having a small wine in it and now it's gotten to the point where it sounds like it has a dry wheel bearing that is dry I don't know if it's in the transmission or if there is a bearing that can be replaced what would be your opinion on it

My car has 230567 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

Experienced mechanics share their insights in answering this question :
Judging by age and mileage, if you haven’t had a wheel bearing failure yet, you’re about due. Wheel bearing noise differs from transmission noise in that it sounds the same no matter what gear you are in. It will change in tone with the speed of the car, but will remain about the same when you shift gears. CV joints usually make a clicking or popping sound and then mostly in sharp turns. A left front wheel bearing will sound louder when you are turning to the right, and vise versa. But beware! bad tires can also make a sound very much like a bad wheel bearing. To have a professional check out your car to be sure what you need to fix, you can contact Your Mechanic. They will send a technician to your home or office to check out your whining noise and help you decide how to fix it.

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What causes wheel bearing noise? Over time these bearings can become loose or worn. This wear will be accelerated if the grease has leaked out or dirt, grit or water have found their way inside. The first time you may know you have a problem is at a service or MoT test.
If you notice a grinding or grating noise coming from your wheel or tire, take note that this is very likely caused by a bad wheel bearing—especially if the noise gets louder as the vehicle accelerates. Another revealing sign of bad wheel bearings: A car that feels loose as you drive it.
The most common symptom of a bad wheel hub assembly or wheel bearing is a rumbling, squealing, growling or chirping noise coming from the wheel or tire area of your car.
The most common cause of a noisy bearing is contamination which damages the raceways of the bearing, causing the rolling elements to bounce or rattle. The only solution to a noisy bearing is to replace the bearing. Applying grease will only mask the issue.
A worn wheel bearing can cause a howling noise. If you`re also hearing a rumbling noise when turning, then it`s likely a bad wheel bearing. You may also trace this noise to a loose pinion-bearing preload. It`s likely the case when you only hear the noise when decelerating.
Humming tire suspects include faulty wheel bearings and uneven wear on the tires. You can solve this mystery by: Having your vehicle`s wheel bearings inspected and serviced by a trained technician. Getting your tires rotated according to manufacturer`s recommendations.
Most of the time, if you hear scraping and grinding, it can be attributed to one of two main issues: Worn-out brake linings. Worn-out wheel/hub bearings.
The most common and often most-identifiable symptom associated with a bad wheel bearing is noise coming from the wheel or tire area of the moving vehicle. You may mistake this as engine noise, but when you listen closely you are likely to hear grinding or grating that gets louder as the vehicle accelerates.
The most common and often most-identifiable symptom associated with a bad wheel bearing is noise coming from the wheel or tire area of the moving vehicle. You may mistake this as engine noise, but when you listen closely you are likely to hear grinding or grating that gets louder as the vehicle accelerates.

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I hear an abnormal noise from front driver’s side wheel. It sounds like a wheel bearing but not sure.
ANSWER : A wheel bearing noise can be different between vehicles as some designs may vary a little. The most common is a roaring noise that may change when going around turns. It may be louder going in one direction or the other or just make a loud noise all of the time. The wheel hub presses into the wheel bearing. The hub is where the studs are for the wheel to be bolted onto the steering knuckle and the bearing provides the support for the wheel and weight of the vehicle. Consider hiring an experienced technician like one from YourMechanic who can come out and take a closer look at your wheel bearing noise to offer a more personal diagnosis.

My Volkswagen sounds like it’s got a dry wheel bearing in the front.
ANSWER : Judging by age and mileage, if you haven’t had a wheel bearing failure yet, you’re about due. Wheel bearing noise differs from transmission noise in that it sounds the same no matter what gear you are in. It will change in tone with the speed of the car, but will remain about the same when you shift gears. CV joints usually make a clicking or popping sound and then mostly in sharp turns. A left front wheel bearing will sound louder when you are turning to the right, and vise versa. But beware! bad tires can also make a sound very much like a bad wheel bearing. To have a professional check out your car to be sure what you need to fix, you can contact Your Mechanic. They will send a technician to your home or office to check out your whining noise and help you decide how to fix it.

Can front wheel drive car engine power rear wheel drive
ANSWER : Anything is possible with enough engineering. The changes you are looking at would take major structural changes and would definitely not be an easy job. You could possibly consult a manufacturing engineer to get more details on how this could actually be carried out and whether it would be feasible.

my car is making a knocking sound on the left front wheel when driving on bumpy road. I changed wheel bearing and my mechanic cant
ANSWER : A banging or rattling over bumps can be caused by several different suspension components. A worn strut can make noises as can the upper strut mount. The strut mount allows the strut assembly to turn and move up and down. If the strut mount is worn, it can allow the strut assembly to rattle or bang over bumps. Stabilizer bar end links or bushings can also contribute to a banging noise. Worn end links can allow movement in the bar, and the bushings where the bar connects to the chassis can wear away and allow the bar to contact the chassis. Even a worn tie rod or ball joint can cause noises over bumps.

Since so many components can be causing a noise over bumps, have a certified technician inspect the suspension to isolate the exact cause.

i think its a wheel bearing but when i drive, especially the faster i go, you can hear a whirling sound almost like it sounds as i
ANSWER : A bad wheel bearing or bearings, can make a loud humming sound to an almost grinding sound. The sound will change pitch and volume with speed and sometimes when the car is moved side to side, like when changing lanes on the highway. Unevenly worn tires can also produce a similar sound. If any of the tires have high and low spots – think making a fist with one hand and running your other hand over your knuckles – they can produce a noise than can be mistaken for bad wheel bearings. Usually when it’s the tires however, you can hear the noise outside the vehicle. Driving with windows open, you will hear the noise. Have a certified technician look into the bearing noise to find and correct the exact cause.

Sudden play & random tugging in steering wheel. Hear clicking from steering wheel & front left tire both while driving straight.
ANSWER : Hello, thank you for writing in. Checking the brakes was a great place to start. At this point the first thing we need to find out is if symptoms happen always, or only when driving over bumpy roads. If you feel it only when going over bumps, you want to check the suspension. If the suspension is not up to par on the vehicle, you will feel and fight those forces in the steering wheel. You can perform a bounce test, and do a visual inspection to see if the suspension shows any signs of leakage or damage. This would include the ball joints. If the suspension seems to be okay, you want to turn your attention to the rack and pinion. For more help with diagnostics and resolving the issue, contact our service department.

I have a 2005 Cadillac Escalade Truck that is making a roaring and popping noise from the front end.
ANSWER : Hello. From your description it does sound like you have a failure in the front hub bearings and the cv joints. It is not common for the front differential to have many issues on this vehicle, but I would also check the front suspension as worn out bushings will also cause this clinking noise. A certified mechanic from YourMechanic can come to you to [diagnose what is causing these noises] https://www.yourmechanic.com/services/clicking-or-popping-sound-is-coming-from-wheels-inspection

Sound coming from front suspension.
ANSWER : Hello:

The issue you’re describing may in fact be caused by metal-to-metal contact. Although this would be very rare for a 2014 Chevrolet Silverado with less than 50,000 miles, excessive off road use can prematurely wear out suspension components, causing the sounds you’re hearing. Due to the fact that multiple parts could cause this type of noise and driving situation, you should have a mobile mechanic complete a vehicle is making a noise while driving inspection; so they can determine where it’s coming from and recommend the right repairs be completed.