The wailing sound gets worse as I accelerate, I don't drive it over 45-50...and now it is making some clicking as I slow down and turn. Also, the wailing sound changes from low to high if i turn the wheel left to right as I am driving it. People have said CV joints, boots, bearings, etc. I feel like this is going to $$$$!
Wailing sound and clicking int he front end. on 2004 Mitsubishi Lancer
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By turning left to right you change the weight on the wheels. If you turn right and the noise gets loder it's the left side bearing. If you turn left and the noise gets loader it's the right side bearing. I would guess you have a bad bearing but I have heard of CV joints making clicking noises. Safely lift the front of vehicle and block the rear wheels. Put a stethascope or long screwdriver on the front wheel bearing and see if you hear the noise. If you don't have the means to do this it would be best to have it looked at by an auto shop.
Are we talking about a lot of money? I had the left wheel-bearings replaced last March, I guess the right ones are going now and probably the CV. I will have to take it to a shop, cuz I cannot do the diagnostic thing you spoke of. Thank you though.
Im not sure of the cost but Repair Pal gives an estimate in my area of $216 - $308 for replacement of one wheel bearing and there is no listing foe the axle. Just because you had the left front wheel bearing replaced don't mean it hasn't already gone bad. I myself have put in faulty wheel bearings from aftermarket auto supply stores. This don't happen very offten but it does happen. If you take it to a shop to have it diagnosed some repair shops waive the diagnostic fee if you have the work performed by them. Ask before you bring it to them and you could save about $100.00 and only have to pay the $216 - $308.
I had it diagnosed and they said it is the right wheel-bearing and the CV joints need to be replaced. They said I could drive it for now, but to try to do it within the month and not drive super high speed. They estimated 600 bucks.