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Strange Sounds.. Almost like a rumble strip on the highway


MagicalAnimal
01-10-2006, 10:41 AM
Just wondering if anyone can help me... I've read so much but no one has described what I am getting.....

My car, a 2000 GL2 with 106K Miles is starting to make this strange grumble sound. It is a random sound and doesn't happen all the time. It just started a few days ago and it is scary. It usually only happens at low speeds (less than 50 MPH) and not on the highway. It is a loud grumble noise that almost sounds like I am driving over the highway rumble strip. I can feel vibrations through the floor when it happens. My car is still driving perfectly and it's definitely not any type of engine noise.

After spending hours searching the web I believe it may be the wheel bearing/wheel hubs, but most people describe this problem as a hum, not so much a grumble.

Any Ideas????

biv343
01-10-2006, 11:00 AM
Probably a wheel bearing. I had one go bad, and at first I thought I was driving on "noisy pavement" - they don't always do the best job paving in Michigan. When it kept happening, I realized it was the wheel bearing. Mine didn't cause vibrations, just a growl that went from annoying to scary sounding in about 100 miles until I replaced it.

jrozanc
01-10-2006, 12:55 PM
I agree with "biv343", sounds like a wheel bearing. Alero's are notorious for going through wheel bearings like a hot knife through butter. It can be a "do it yourself" job, otherwise it's a couple hundrend dollar garage fix (kalamazoo, mi pricing).

doeyh
01-10-2006, 03:23 PM
I had that last year also.

I went under hood and dig into it.

I thought my trany went bad, so I took it to trany shop(american transmission) in troy, michigan.

It turned out wheel bearing. I had to pay $800 for that bad thing.

Mine runs 65,000 miles so far. you are lucky.

If you can do it yourself, feed back later.

I will give it a try when it goes bad again someday if it is easy for you.

vamc
01-10-2006, 09:09 PM
I agree, wheel bearings.

biv343
01-11-2006, 08:34 AM
I agree with "biv343", sounds like a wheel bearing. Alero's are notorious for going through wheel bearings like a hot knife through butter. It can be a "do it yourself" job, otherwise it's a couple hundrend dollar garage fix (kalamazoo, mi pricing).

Kalamazoo, huh? That's where I first noticed my wheel bearing going bad, on business 131 heading north out of Kalamazoo. By the time I made it back home (north of GR), it sounded like the monster from "Swamp Thing"....

MagicalAnimal
01-12-2006, 11:34 AM
Well I am dropping the baby off at the car doctor tonight and hopefully tomorrow when I go and get her she will be sounding nice and quiet again. The noise is driving me nuts. It is scary and embarassing. I hope it's just the bearings and not anything else :-\

alerophobic
01-25-2006, 12:59 AM
Oh, yeah! #1 guess: wheel hub assembly. My 2000 GLX had 3 new ones before the car was totalled by another driver. It was actually headed for a fourth. That was just one entry on my laundry list of issues with my dear old "Driftwoody." I bought it brand new in 2000, thinking that when it was paid off, I would be retired and have a nice top-of-the-line vehicle with all the things I really needed and wanted. Right.
1. Wheel hub assemblies
2. Erratic exterior lights; hit the hazard-light switch and lose ALL the lights.
3. Turn signals work; next turn in heavy bumper-to-bumper traffic no turn signals! Same day, two minutes later, no warning.
4. Heat/cool blower only works on highest setting.
5. Ate the brakes in 17,000 miles (and NO, I don't do screeching stops unless in an emergency in traffic).
6. Console cover won't stay closed.
7. Hit a mudpuddle and go skating, feels as if the front wheels are trying to do the splits.
8. Static on my radio almost from day one, but hey, it was a nice radio.
9. Trunk lining falling off and buckling.
10. Fuel sending sensor works -- most of the time; when you run out with no warning and the gauge says you have a quarter of a tank, you smile and call someone w/you cell phone, assuming you have a cell phone.
11. Power window clips/guides broke

The car was totaled by my daughter on a country road when in an instant of over-correction, knee-jerk reaction, went off the opposite side of the road, airborne into a wooded section, plowed up sod (they found it in the engine compartment afterward) but missed the big oak trees. She was not speeding, not even up to the legal speed limit. So ended the saga of the most citrus-flavored auto that I have ever owned. I loved the way that car handled; it was so responsive in traffic; just what I needed for heavy city traffic and also was a joy to drive on a long drive (in dry weather). However, I was terrified of the car by the time it "died" and frankly told the auto salvage owner that if they didn't part the car out and put it back on the road, it would be criminal because it would kill someone. Mine was truly a love/hate relationship, destroyed by mistrust and erratic behavior. It's the last car that I'll give a name to; it's also the very last GM car that I will own.:banghead::disappoin

alerophobic
01-25-2006, 01:06 AM
ALERT! Don't pay for those wheel-hub assemblies yourself! There's a program where the dealers replace them if you take them in and howl. They know very well there has been an ongoing problem with them. I only paid for one because it happened when I was out of town and about to lose a wheel. Olds in-house dealer program paid it for the others. (Of course no one volunteered that information or ever sent a "recall" type of notice...)

alerophobic
01-25-2006, 01:16 AM
:evillol: K'zoo and GR?! Wow, right next door...I'm a neighbor here in Delton. My first hub went at 37,000. Well, the assembly plant where they were made in Lansing at the corner of Main and Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. is closed now, isn't it?! I was SO proud of that little sticker on the window that proclaimed it was made in Lansing, as I lived and worked in Lansing at the time. And my Alero was not a GLX (wrong letters, that was my Ford Tempo that I wish I had back)...the Alero was a GLS or -something, top of their line. :rolleyes:

jrozanc
01-25-2006, 08:21 AM
:evillol: K'zoo and GR?! Wow, right next door...I'm a neighbor here in Delton. My first hub went at 37,000. Well, the assembly plant where they were made in Lansing at the corner of Main and Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. is closed now, isn't it?! I was SO proud of that little sticker on the window that proclaimed it was made in Lansing, as I lived and worked in Lansing at the time. And my Alero was not a GLX (wrong letters, that was my Ford Tempo that I wish I had back)...the Alero was a GLS or -something, top of their line. :rolleyes:

I bought my bearing hub assembly from Campbell Auto on Westnedge. After putting the new assembly on it went bad (again in about a week) after tearing off the new (bad) assembly, upon inspection it looked like the bearing was pressed in all "kitty whompesed". Plus on top of that I didn't even recgonize the manufacturer on the wheel bearing. The replacement I received for that was a "TIMKEN". Never had a problem after that. Of course the car was traded off about a year ago. It's somebody else's problem now.

MagicalAnimal
01-25-2006, 08:40 AM
I did get the car fixed and my guess was right, It was the passenger side wheel bearing and all is well now.
I know the car has tons of issues, I've already experienced most of the problems.
1. I've replaced the brakes now at least 3, possibly 4 times(who remebers at that point).
2. I have the blinker issue and after tearing apart my dash trying to locate the flasher I realized the flasher was IN the hazzard switch and if I jiggle the switch a little when the blinkers don't work, then they magically work again.
3. I've replaced the blower motor twice. The first time the heat stopped working I had it fixed at a mechanic but when it failed again within a year and I was told the parts only had a 90 day warranty, I did a little research and fixed the heat myself. I bought a good blower motor with a lifetime warranty and an aftermarket resistor. When I took the old resistor out it was charred and in 20 pieces and the blower motor had seized (I waited like a year to fix it) but now the heat is nice and warm!
4. One day I was driving and my power steering just stopped working. It ended up being a hose or something but I had to drive it like that for a while cuz I couldn't afford to fix it at the time. My arms sure did get big from driving without power steering!
5. My windows are all scratched up from going into the door
6. One thing that happened to my car that I haven't read a lot about is the rear defrost. My rear defrost has been dead since before my heat died the first time. When I push the button the light comes on but it never works.. I learned how to just defog it myself by driving with my windows open but I would love to fix it if it's an easy fix.

Anywho.. I too have my laundry list of things wrong with my car. I figure every car has issues, at least these are mostly accessories and not the engine or tranny going bad. This car makes me mad and I hate it sometimes but I haven't driven any other car that I enjoy driving more than this one. It's a nice looking car, it has AMAZING pick up and it handles really well... despite all the trouble she's given me, I still love her :)

(I'll just never buy another GM after she dies LOL)

alerofan01
01-25-2006, 12:46 PM
The problem with the hazard/light switch can be fixed under a recall. I didn't have any problems with my 01 but had it replaced anyway. You might want to check with your dealer about it, mine came in the mail. Just a little info.

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