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    had a rumble noise coming from the car, that sounded very much like a wheel bearing on the way out. my missus heard it as well so i wasnt making it up....

    so i bought a wheel (new) bearing from ebay for 80 quid and it arrived in time.

    garage wanted 44 quid to fit, so it was booked in.

    they have just fitted it and its exactly the same, the noise is still there, it sounds like an army jeep going down the road.

    I asked them did they test drive it and they didnt.

    they said the only thing to do is to replace the other side as well to see if it cures it, but the downside of that is it costs me 120 quid to find out if thats the issue.

    he did say there was lots of noises and one noise they can hear is the gearbox bearing, unsure if hes talking out of his yaris..............

    what should i do next......any ideas????

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    I take it that this is on the rear hubs, before you do anything else check your wheels are still balanced
    Been down same road as you with a supposebd wheel bearing problem only to find out wheelb had thrown its balance lweights

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    Quote Originally Posted by bobssignum View Post
    I take it that this is on the rear hubs, before you do anything else check your wheels are still balanced
    Been down same road as you with a supposebd wheel bearing problem only to find out wheelb had thrown its balance lweights
    ok i will give it a go.

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    The symptoms you're describing are common on Vectra-C's / Signums, and more often than not it's caused by wear on the rear tyres. They're probably either worn on the inside edges, or worn unevenly. Check your rear tyres, and even if you can't see anything wrong with them, see if you can borrow someone else's pair of wheels to try. It's uncanny how similar to worn bearing the tyres can sound.

    Once you've identified it is the tyres, and you replace them, get the camber checked.

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    i had this problem with a saab i had both rear wheel bearings replaced only to find out it was the rear tyres that were the problem

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rebellion View Post
    The symptoms you're describing are common on Vectra-C's / Signums, and more often than not it's caused by wear on the rear tyres. They're probably either worn on the inside edges, or worn unevenly. Check your rear tyres, and even if you can't see anything wrong with them, see if you can borrow someone else's pair of wheels to try. It's uncanny how similar to worn bearing the tyres can sound.

    Once you've identified it is the tyres, and you replace them, get the camber checked.
    many thanks - I did try the space saver on the side that i thought was bad but it didnt make a difference.

    one thing they said was I was due for disks and pads on the rear.

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    i had the same problem on my old car
    i replaced both rear wheel bearings
    rear disc & pads
    rear handbrake shoes

    & in the end it was the rear tyres

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    The Tyres do it on mine all the time when they are due for replacement its due to the rear camber. They end up with a saw tooth shape on the inside edges which makes the noise. I have had all the geometry checked (due incidently to a vauxhall dealer fitting wrong track control arms on the front - 19" rims have different TCA's). the geometry is all fine and I have tried different tyres. My local garage suggested swapping tyres round when they are half worn to even up wear.

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