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    groaning/roaring noise while driving

    Hello everyone I have been noticing a groaning/roaring noise while driving. The noise occurs past 20 mph, noise tone changes with steering input, and the noise appears to begin after the car shifts into 2nd gear. The noise is present at highway speeds as well but my cars lousy wind buffeting masks the noise so I have been driving at speeds between 20 and 40 miles per hour to learn its characteristics. My shifts are normal and the car drives normal otherwise. I think it's a transmission problem but i'm not sure of just how big of a problem im dealing with. any input will greatly help. The car in question is a 2001 Chevy Malibu LS with the 3.1 liter V6
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    Re: groaning/roaring noise while driving

    When you sayit varies with steering input, do you mean the sound is one thing when you are turning slightly left and different if you are turning slightly right? If that's the case and it's consistent, I would look in the direction of front wheel bearings.

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    Re: groaning/roaring noise while driving

    Quote Originally Posted by 4x4x4doors View Post
    I would look in the direction of front wheel bearings.
    This would be my guess as well.
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    Re: groaning/roaring noise while driving

    Quote Originally Posted by SullyND View Post
    This would be my guess as well.
    thanks for the input guys we are looking at the tranny first because the fluid has not been changed and we will see later today if that is indeed the culprit if not then its off to the dealer since we do not have the right tools to do extensive tranny repairs in the event the transmission is indeed damaged. I talked about wheel bearings with my dad (the person me and 454 usually speak to when we are stumped on a auto problem) and he said my symptoms do not match it (he experienced a wheel bearing failure on a older car he owned years ago)
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    Re: groaning/roaring noise while driving

    Agreed on the hub bearings. They are pretty easy to replace, couple of bolts and you are back on the road.
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    Re: groaning/roaring noise while driving

    hi everyone figured I'd give a brief update on the bandits condition. It turns out I had a bad RF wheel bearing. I had the whole assembly replaced (it is all one unit on the N body bus) and the noise has disappeared. And as a nice bonus my ABS light has not come back on again (another minor issue) so i think i got two birds with one stone on this one so to speak thanx again for the input
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