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VW MKIII-A3/B4 TDIs This is a discussion about MKIII-A3/MkIII Jetta/Golf (<99.5) and B4 Passats (96,97) TDI's. Non TDI related postings will be moved or removed.

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Old November 15th, 2005, 17:21   #1
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Default what is the grinding noise on my 96 passat?

My 96 passat is making a grinding/humming noise in the front end that gets louder when I go faster and does not stop when I shift gears. I've been reading through some of this forum and some posts have indicated it might be a CV joint, but a mechanic told me transmission. If it is a CV joint, does anyone have an idea of how much it costs to fix it? Any help would be greatly appreciated!
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Old November 16th, 2005, 09:21   #2
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Could be a bad front wheel bearing too, as these are a known failure item on VWs. It's really hard to diagnose problems like this over the internet. You should find a forum member in your area and have them look at it sooner rather than later!
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Old November 16th, 2005, 10:55   #3
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Bearings or CV joint likely. Look to see if the CV joint boot is in good or bad condition, especially the right one.

My kneejerk thought is that you should stay well away from the mechanic that suggested it was the transmission.

How many miles on your B4?
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Old November 18th, 2005, 05:57   #4
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If it gets louder when you load one side of the car by just turning the wheel a bit, like changing lanes, then it's probably a wheel bearing. A CV joint makes more of a clatter than a groan/hum and happens on a sharper turn.
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Old November 19th, 2005, 02:56   #5
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I'd also say it's a bearing. These are common things to go on VWs, unfortunately.
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Old November 21st, 2005, 06:18   #6
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I concur with the wheel bearing idea. My A3 has 171K miles, and I have replaced all of them at least once.
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Old November 21st, 2005, 06:30   #7
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Oh, BTW, replace the (front) hub, too. Mine was $12 from autohausaz. It makes no sense, just do it, trust me. Voice of experience.
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Old November 22nd, 2005, 15:27   #8
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Old November 22nd, 2005, 20:11   #9
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I'm with saabguru. Just bought a 97 Jetta tdi w 125k miles--had same symptoms. If it's a bearing Autohausaz.com is the way to go! 2 front bearing kits and hubs cost $75 total w/ free shipping. I priced these out at the dealer at $90 per bearing and--get this--$160 per hub! I was not set up to do it myself, so another $200 at a trusted local VW shop had me back on the road. (my hearing returned shortly thereafter). hope this helps
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