Any wheel bearing issues? - Mazda 6 Forums : Mazda 6 Forum / Mazda Atenza Forum
User Tag List

 1Likes
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 07-20-2018, 08:18 PM Thread Starter
Learners License
 
Jimal's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2017
Posts: 16
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 3 Post(s)
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Groans: 0
Groaned at 0 Times in 0 Posts
iTrader: 0 reviews
Any wheel bearing issues?

My wife's 2015 6 has about 55k miles on it, and while driving it for the first time in the while with the radio off, I'm hearing a groan coming from the left front that varies by speed. It sounds similar to a bad front wheel bearing that I've had in the past on a Volkswagen, but I'm not 100% sure. Before I start throwing parts at the problem, has anyone had a similar issue? I searched here and on Google, and I'm not finding anything to indicate that this is a chronic problem with these cars.
Jimal is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old 07-20-2018, 08:40 PM
Registered User
 
Join Date: Apr 2018
Location: Chicago suburbs
Posts: 79
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 39 Post(s)
Thanks: 70
Thanked 7 Times in 7 Posts
Groans: 0
Groaned at 0 Times in 0 Posts
iTrader: 0 reviews
When I've had a wheel bearing go bad (but on a 2013 Nissan Altima) it was more of a whining sound than a groan. Not sure from your description what else to check.
Bill_k is offline  
post #3 of 11 (permalink) Old 07-20-2018, 11:34 PM Thread Starter
Learners License
 
Jimal's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2017
Posts: 16
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 3 Post(s)
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Groans: 0
Groaned at 0 Times in 0 Posts
iTrader: 0 reviews
Quote:
Originally Posted by Bill_k View Post
When I've had a wheel bearing go bad (but on a 2013 Nissan Altima) it was more of a whining sound than a groan. Not sure from your description what else to check.

Definitely a groan/grind. I didn't notice anything out of the ordinary when I did the brakes a couple weekends ago to make me think there was a bearing issue. I found a video on YouTube with a good method of testing the bearings if you're not getting obvious slop.
Jimal is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #4 of 11 (permalink) Old 07-21-2018, 02:53 AM
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jun 2018
Location: Puget Sound
Posts: 112
Mentioned: 6 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 59 Post(s)
Thanks: 26
Thanked 14 Times in 10 Posts
Groans: 6
Groaned at 2 Times in 2 Posts
iTrader: 0 reviews
I work in a major Mazda dealer. To the best of my recollection, we have done no wheel bearings, front or rear, on the 3rd Gen cars.

2004 Mazda6 Sport Wagon
2017 MX5 Grand Touring
2016 CX5 Grand Touring

I work at a Mazda dealer


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
dave in edmonds is offline  
post #5 of 11 (permalink) Old 07-21-2018, 08:06 AM Thread Starter
Learners License
 
Jimal's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2017
Posts: 16
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 3 Post(s)
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Groans: 0
Groaned at 0 Times in 0 Posts
iTrader: 0 reviews
Quote:
Originally Posted by dave in edmonds View Post
I work in a major Mazda dealer. To the best of my recollection, we have done no wheel bearings, front or rear, on the 3rd Gen cars.

That echos the lack of search results on the topic. There is a first time for everything I guess. I'll probably find out tomorrow, when I'm home and can put the car up on jacks. But first I'll have a couple hours of driving to see if I can further pinpoint where the noise is coming from. Right now I know it seems to be coming from the LF, it is speed dependent, but not RPM dependent.
Jimal is offline  
post #6 of 11 (permalink) Old 07-21-2018, 11:58 AM
Rally Racer
 
DrFeelGood's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2013
Location: Portland, OR
Posts: 1,229
Mentioned: 107 Post(s)
Tagged: 3 Thread(s)
Quoted: 312 Post(s)
Thanks: 99
Thanked 141 Times in 131 Posts
Groans: 0
Groaned at 0 Times in 0 Posts
Garage
iTrader: 0 reviews
Quote:
Originally Posted by Jimal View Post
That echos the lack of search results on the topic. There is a first time for everything I guess. I'll probably find out tomorrow, when I'm home and can put the car up on jacks. But first I'll have a couple hours of driving to see if I can further pinpoint where the noise is coming from. Right now I know it seems to be coming from the LF, it is speed dependent, but not RPM dependent.

No change when gently applying the brakes as well...? Check the brake backing plate to make sure it wasn't bent when you did the brakes and that no stones got stuck during driving.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

2004 6s Wagon 3.0, 5-speed ATX, Performance White (A2N)
Modifications:
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
.
DrFeelGood is offline  
post #7 of 11 (permalink) Old 07-22-2018, 10:29 AM Thread Starter
Learners License
 
Jimal's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2017
Posts: 16
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 3 Post(s)
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Groans: 0
Groaned at 0 Times in 0 Posts
iTrader: 0 reviews
Quote:
Originally Posted by DrFeelGood View Post
No change when gently applying the brakes as well...? Check the brake backing plate to make sure it wasn't bent when you did the brakes and that no stones got stuck during driving.

It isn't that kind of noise. There is, however, a slight vibration through the pedal and wheel on very light braking, which is a bummer since there are less than 500 on the new brakes. I'll do some troubleshooting today.
Jimal is offline  
post #8 of 11 (permalink) Old 07-22-2018, 11:48 AM
Registered User
 
idrive's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2018
Location: St George Utah
Posts: 516
Mentioned: 11 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 245 Post(s)
Thanks: 61
Thanked 50 Times in 46 Posts
Groans: 6
Groaned at 10 Times in 10 Posts
Garage
iTrader: 0 reviews
Quote:
Originally Posted by Jimal View Post
It isn't that kind of noise. There is, however, a slight vibration through the pedal and wheel on very light braking, which is a bummer since there are less than 500 on the new brakes. I'll do some troubleshooting today.
Sadly, I think you've found where the problem lies.

2018 Signature - White Pearl - Chestnut
Build Thread:
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
idrive is offline  
post #9 of 11 (permalink) Old 07-22-2018, 11:52 AM
Registered User
 
tickerguy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2013
Posts: 2,381
Mentioned: 90 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 842 Post(s)
Thanks: 18
Thanked 501 Times in 381 Posts
Groans: 4
Groaned at 7 Times in 7 Posts
iTrader: 0 reviews
Pretty unlikely to be a wheel bearing at 55k. Now if you had well north of 100k miles, quite possibly, especially if there's a fair bit of rough-road driving involved (e.g. gravel roads, etc.)

Modern "cased" wheel bearings are extraordinarily robust; occasionally you get one that's bad from the factory, but not often. The usual cause of failures come after the FIRST one eventually wears out and stems from improper technique during the replacement operation which damages the replacement when it's installed, and then it quickly fails too (usually in the 20-50k mile range.)
tickerguy is offline  
post #10 of 11 (permalink) Old 07-22-2018, 04:36 PM
Rally Racer
 
DrFeelGood's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2013
Location: Portland, OR
Posts: 1,229
Mentioned: 107 Post(s)
Tagged: 3 Thread(s)
Quoted: 312 Post(s)
Thanks: 99
Thanked 141 Times in 131 Posts
Groans: 0
Groaned at 0 Times in 0 Posts
Garage
iTrader: 0 reviews
@Medallion68 had nearly the same issue on his 2016 diesel at only 35,000km and it was the wheel bearing in his case.
https://forum.mazda6club.com/newbie-...ml#post5003146
Jimal likes this.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

2004 6s Wagon 3.0, 5-speed ATX, Performance White (A2N)
Modifications:
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
.
DrFeelGood is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Mazda 6 Forums : Mazda 6 Forum / Mazda Atenza Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in










Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome