Good evening all,
Setup: Civic is a 5spd 2005 LX Coupe, 93K miles
So I have a slight groaning noise from the front, I'm 95% sure, drivers side wheel. As I accelerate a slight vibration/pulsation begins around 40mph through 50mph (most pronounced during that speed range) When I get to 70mph the steering wheel now picks up a slight side to side "shimmy/shake"
So while driving 70mph I have noticed that if I get up to 80mph the vibrations almost but all fade away, same with slowing down to around 55mph. I'm also about 95% sure this can be satisfied with a proper tire balance, which will most likely happen this Saturday.
The groaning noise continues to follow the RPM's with an increased pulsation noise (faster speed I go: the closer together the pulsation is and ditto with going slower). While going around 40mph if I turn side to side, no one beside me haha, I can actually lesson the noise from turning towards the left. Turning right will increase the noise and usually add some "crunchy/vibrating" feeling to the front of the car.
Note: all symptoms mentioned above happen while in gear, out of gear, on brakes soft/hard, and fully off brakes. So I would assume it's safe to rule out the engine/axle shafts have any direct connections to the issue/s.
This being said I'm off to my trusty mechanic (family member has his own shop) this Saturday to take apart the front drivers side to inspect and, most likely, replace the wheel bearing. I'm ok with that. It obviously needs to be done.
So here is where I finally end this book and ask my damn question (haha)
Q. does anyone have any knowledge or experience with the civic wheel Hubs?
I'm curious to know if anyone has any tips/tricks and also if there is anything else I should be looking for/at while its all apart?
Lastly could the wheel shaking be a 'side effect' of a bad hub/bearing?
I have looked into my Haynes manual and they tell me "dude, take it to a Honda dealership"...which I did just to get a quote last weekend. Ughh yeah we all know I don't need to explain that - they put down on paper how much rape costs nowadays. I have gotten some prices of hubs and bearings so I'm aware of the costs involved.
Any help would be greatly appreciated!
I will try to take some snazzy pictures of the install and upload them
thanks again for any help!