Noise In Front End

Just recently I have noticed that my Chevy S-10 pick-up is making a really strange noise that I can’t seem to pinpoint. I am hearing a loud screeching and clanging sound in the front end. It seems to only make this noise when the vehicle is in motion and after it has been moving for a while but after the wheels have cooled, the noise stops.

This would point to a problem in the wheels/axle/bearings, etc. I pulled the suspected wheel off and noticed that the hub nut was a little loose. After removing the cotter pin I could turn the nut by hand. I pulled the hub nut to look at the wheel bearings but can’t see any excessive wear. I noticed that there was no grease at all in the hub nut cap.

I packed it with grease and torqued the hub nut to the factory specs. I greased the font end including all points on the steering assembly, tie rods, etc. I check both the upper and lower ball joints on both sides and can see no play at all.

The brakes are in excellent condition. I know that the front end is slightly out of alignment, but that should not be causing this noise. I can’t seem to find the source of this problem. Do you have any advice that might help me out?

Thanks a lot!

Dan

 

Hey there Dan,

I would make sure the brake calipers are installed properly and not loose or missing any anti-rattle brake hardware. I would also check to make sure the backing plate behind the wheels is not rubbing against the brake rotor.

A loose shock, or missing rubber shock mounting grommets might also cause this kind of noise, so check ALL front end parts for wear including the shocks and mounting hardware.

Blessings,

Austin Davis

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