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Old 17 May 2015, 10:00 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Good evening all,

First a bit of background... On Wednesday I was taking a drive through the Galloway Forest and hit a pothole in the middle of the road resulting in a bone-shaking rattle through the car. I stopped and found a lovely bulge in the front nearside tyre

So I changed the wheel there and then. The spacesaver wheel really isn't a good look!

Got all four tyres changed the next day - Falken Azenis 453s all round at 85 a corner. The affected wheel was very slightly buckled, it has balanced out fine and have been assured it's totally safe to keep on the road. Took a wee run up to Glasgow the following day and when making a tight right hand turn I heard a bang followed by squealing noise from the same wheel with the damaged tyre. The noise lasted for about 10 seconds and was then gone. It did it again, but only once, on my return home - again at low speed and turning right. There is no noise at any other time, not even grinding.

I'm thinking the bearing has given up following the pothole and has decided to let me about it a few days later. Am I right or has something more serious happened? I'm asking here first before I get it booked in to get looked at. The car won't be driven until it gets sorted. Follwing this a claim is going into South Ayrshire Council

Many thanks in advance...
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Old 18 May 2015, 10:55 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Bang then squeal from front wheel

that looks like age related, see the cracks in the rubber above the bulge. Could well be the pot hole caused it to fail though age contributed.

aslso sound liek indeed may have a bearing failed. personaly i'd get a garage to diagnose it then go from there so you know what the repair cost will be.
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Old 18 May 2015, 07:47 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Re: Bang then squeal from front wheel

The tyre has been on the car for a year and has covered 12,000 miles - still had 5mm of tread on it. Guess I'm not pushing hard enough... Still, it could have been sitting around for a while before it was put on the car.

Whatever needs doing to it will be done - just hope it is only the bearing. Which leads me to another question, if it is the bearing, would it be a replacement bearing or will it be a whole new hub? I know some cars need a new hub when the bearing fails - my old Citroen C5 needed one when it failed.

The car is a 2007 Hawkeye WRX.
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Being fair the cracks could be cause and not effect, that area has been stressed to the point it has bulged so Id say the cracks are due to that stress rather then a old tyre, the rest of the tyre we can see isnt cracked, still needed replacing.
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