Re: What does a bad wheel bearing do?? Is it dangerous to drive with a bad bearing?
If you are getting any squealing or grinding noise from the wheel in question, then park it until you know what it is for sure. Rock caught in the brakes? A wheel bearing going out only gets worse until it locks the wheel and gets very expensive. Put it on blocks and check it good.
Well...when driving straight it moans, (you can hear it, my friends tell me it sounds like an airplane) but if I turn the wheel a little to the left while still driving a little straight the noise goes away. If I let the wheel be straight again it comes back...
1989 Audi 200 quattro 167K
1997 Audi A4 1,8t quattro 200K
You're fortunate you can get your sound to go away. Mine thumps whenever the car is moving now, it got progressively worse in the past week. I'm going to check it for sure today to make sure it's the wheel bearing before I shell out money I don't have for a new one.