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    Default Strange noise from front left going downhill

    Hi guys,

    Bit of an issue with the vectra.

    Going downhill, the front left has developed a horrible grinding sound that takes a while to disappear. The noise seems to disappear under braking. This grinding only seems to happen going downhill. If stationary and moving the steering wheel to the right there is also a strange noise but there is no noise moving the wheel to the left.

    I have also seem I have a low speed steering wheel wobble that stops once I go over about 40 mph.

    I thought it may be something to do with the brakes on the front left but at no point does the car pull to the left.

    Any ideas on where to look first?

    All advice appreciated muchly.

    Cheers

    Russ

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    Check your wheel nuts are on tight for starters. I had an intermittent noise from the left wheel years ago, wheel was loose

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    Would that cause the noise going downhill only?

    Makes sense for the speed wobble though.

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    Jack it up and spin the wheel any noise? and play in the wheel grab it and rock it up and down, side to side?

    Next take the wheel off for a visual check off all componants.

    The tyre could be out of shape which will cause the vibration at low speed.

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    Any more ideas before I jack her up?

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    Cheers Ian, I'll check for that in a mo

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    I too have the noise that goes when the brake is pressed. Mine happens when I'm on the brakes a lot down a mountain.

    Had new pads and discs in Feb.

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    Quote Originally Posted by adierolfe View Post
    I too have the noise that goes when the brake is pressed. Mine happens when I'm on the brakes a lot down a mountain.

    Had new pads and discs in Feb.
    That's it, mine is only happening going downhill on the brakes

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    Right. Off to take the wheel off! Hopes its something obvious and inexpensive!

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