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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 11-01-2012, 05:47 PM Thread Starter
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Transmission Bearing Going Bad?

I started hearing a roar in the front drivers side of my car a few weeks ago, I figured it was a wheel bearing and didn't think much of it since my daily driving is max 40 mph and 10 min at a time. after about two weeks the roar got really loud.

last week I got the car up on the lift and realized that it wasn't a wheel bearing but the sound was coming from my tranny so I am thinking a tranny bearing but not sure if I can replace it or if ill have to replace whole tranny.

Here are the symptoms

Loud roar
-sound is speed dependent
-doesn't stop whether in gear or not
-doesn't stop whether clutch is in or not

at higher speeds their is a slight vibration in the pedals and the steering wheel

I'm hoping anybody that has some helpful info could chime in and help me out.

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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old 11-01-2012, 09:16 PM
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I guess I would check the fluid, I would find it hard to believe the trans bearings are going to hell if there is fluid in the case.
How many miles? You are sure it is not the intermediate shaft bearing?

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Edit, I see you say it does not mater if the clutch is in or not, does this still mean the car is rolling or was this on jack stands?

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Make sure your tires aren't cupped.

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Sorry so long on a reply time is hard to come by lately.

Thanks for all replies too.

Transmission is full of fluid. The sound only occurs when the wheels are rolling, regardless of clutch or gear position. I put the car on jackstands and put it in 3rd gear and let it spin and found where exactly the sound is coming from but I didn't take pics. It is coming from the lower driverside part of the transmission.

Any help is appreciated

Edit: 69,500 miles

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That does not sound good, bearing or possible broken teeth, brain it and see what kind of weird shit comes out. It's sounding like you're heading for trans replacement

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Not really what I was hoping to hear hear (sigh)

but it was what I had already figured... it is what it is

Thanks for your help Recaro.

If anybody else has had tranny problems similar to this and would like to chime in it would be appreciated.

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I have the same issue on my 04 rl however my roar is on the passenger side I am really hoping is a wheel bearing. Will check it out and let you know please keep us posted if you find a solution

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What was the problem? I am having kinda the same issue.

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hereismylife,

I am sorry to hear you are having this concern. If you would like for us to look into this for you, please let me know. You can private message me your name, VIN, phone number, and the name of your GM dealership.

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