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Old 05-13-2012, 06:33 PM   #1
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Right front hub noise - (SOLVED)

Okay, this one has me stumped so putting it out there for the more experienced....

Every morning when we first drive the coach I am getting a speed sensitive clicking noise from the right front wheel/hub area. But only between 40 and 60 kilometers per hour and it goes away after the hub warms up after 15-20 minutes of driving.

The sound is exactly what it sounds like when you have a larger rock in your tire a click-click-click that speeds up or slows down as you speed up or slow down. Unlike a stone it only happens between 40 and 60 kilometers(and there are no stones in the tires). Putting on the brake slightly does not stop the noise and putting on the parking brake slightly does not stop the noise. So it's gotta be hub related not brake related. The fact that it only happens when its cold has me thinking something in the bearing that smoothes out once the grease warms up.

Any bright ideas oh panel of experts???

PS drives great all day after that, no excess heat in the hub, gas mileage normal
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Old 05-13-2012, 06:50 PM   #2
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Wheel bearing is my first guess. Second guess is brakes.
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Old 05-13-2012, 07:28 PM   #3
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Can you hear it with the window open also going slow?
The wheel covers are notorious for making odd sounds. Try taking the wheel cover off and take it for a spin. related thread
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Old 05-13-2012, 07:41 PM   #4
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Yeah was doing all the testing with window open and wife hanging waaaaaayyyyy out listening. Gotta say the view from the drivers seat was very nice

Was going to try the hub cover test tomorrow morning. Could not get them off this morning as I guess I overtightened them last time and the Forest River tool was just spinning on the caps, looks like it bent outwards as the metal on the tool is so thin. Will take them off with a wrench when the hubs are cool. I'd really like it to be that......
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Old 05-13-2012, 08:22 PM   #5
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My 09 Georgetown 350 with alcoa aluminum rims make the same noise. The dealer put silicone on the lug nuts that hold the covers on. It worked for a short time and started to make the clicking noise again
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Old 05-13-2012, 10:02 PM   #6
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Running a bead of silicone under the edge works good...until you have to change the tire... then you realize you should've let it set up before reinstalling
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Bearings generally get worse with heat, not better. Since the brakes have no effect, eliminate them, for the moment. That leaves hub caps, lug covers, whatever you may have. Remove any and all of it, check the wheel weights and make sure they aren't slipping around, and go for a drive. I know expensive to test drive one, but you got to start eliminating things. Wheel covers first. After that, jack up the front, and swap right front and left front wheel/tire. See if the noise moves with the wheel. Keep us posted.
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Old 05-14-2012, 06:58 AM   #8
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Thanks all!!

Sounds like the hub covers are the culprit. Took them off last night with a plumbers wrench, looks like my FR tool is toast. We are moving locations again tomorrow so I'll verify the noise is gone then. If thats the case going to try liquid electrical tape on the back edge of the cover and on the underside of the nuts. Will let it dry first before installing Hope that liquid rubber stuff will have a longer life than the softer silicone. Will post results
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tool dip seems like it shouls work good also. tool dip comes in a can purchased from local tool supply stores and is normaly used on plier handles, screwdrivers or in my case, homade tool.
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FYI was the hub covers, we'll see how long the liquid electrical tape lasts.

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