2003 Saab 9-3 Q&A
2003 Saab 9-3 Question: what is the noise coming from the front of car?
After a tire blow out on the drivers side front, a noise appeared. It sounds like a ww II fighter plane. There is a vibration in the steering wheel, and in the floor board. Saab replaced the wheel hub assembley. The problem remained. the hub assemblies were replaced again, but the problem remains. Could this be a bent half shaft, or is there something else? Any help would be great. Thanks - pbelaski
There are a few possible causes for those problems. The L/F axle is the shorter of the two axles and does not typically have any problems. It would take a severe, and by severe I mean huge, impact to have bent it. With that in mind, the vibration could be caused from a bent wheel or bad tire. Also, a bad tire could cause the noise you are describing. When your tire blew out, did the wheel well get damaged? Or any of the plastic coverings under the body? Did you hit anything that caused the tire to blow out, or did it just fail? - JParsons