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Hello everybody! Good day to you! Welcome back! Glad you guys are here! This is 2011 Chevrolet Malibu LT Model customer States Grinding noise while driving odometer States I Just missed it. 152 thousand 982 miles on the clock. So uh, that's what we're gonna do. We're gonna stop these engine.

We're gonna get this thing out on the row ad and see if we cannot duplicate uh said grinding noise backing up. So stay tuned because this is gonna be a very good video opening. Z Hood I Hear some clunky noise? All right, let's get out of here. Uh no.

I'm not gonna buy an automatic gate opener. That's not my gate I don't own that gate. so I'm not gonna not gonna buy a gate opener for that game I Can I can open it and close it. no worries I do a lot of big jobs here so I'm not in and out of the parking lot all the time.

So uh, the investing into that giant gate is, uh, not really the best idea for me at this current point in time. Now if the day ever comes where I own the gate, that's a different story. Anyway, back to our task at hand. We're riding along approximately 34 miles per hour and I can hear like a helicopter mirror causing noise.

You guys hear that change this pitch when we side load the bearings with the steering. This leads me to believe based on what I hear so far that the left front wheel bearing has got some kind of an issue and that's the the noise that we're hearing. So let's uh, let's swing this thing back around. I mean I could be wrong.

it could be something else. but right now. I I Do believe that's a wheel bearing sound so that's what we're gonna go with. uh, so far and it kind of pulls left when we break too.

yeah I bet that thing's like worn falling out left turn. Okie Dokes we returned to the shop. Let's get this thing up on the lift and see what we've got to work with. Yeah, okay, so I've got a long-term project kind of in the works on the big rack, so we're just gonna back this thing in.

uh, right there on the smaller big rack because I don't like to work on the front of the cars on the smaller rack because there's not very much space in front of it. You know we're making the best, uh, best use of the space that we have to work with here. So I kind of have to do things a little bit differently. sometimes not all the time, but sometimes most of the time.

and it is super windy today. I think there's like a cold front out there or something like that because the winds are blowing hard. There's like a dust bowl coming through the parking lot here. so I can't keep my truck cleaned.

Too much wind, too much dirt. Anyway, enough with the weather, let's get this thing in. uh, into the shop on the rack up in the air and we will inspect what's up with our flippy, floppy noise grindy helicopter sound from Uh Domino All right Parking Ziato powering down looking good looking good Okie Dokes rack is set, moving on up all the way up. Oh by the way, since we're here, don't forget black subscribe button here we go on the locks.

Safety all right. Here's our left front. yeah I can feel it kind of grindy even at slow speed and it's a little loose based on the sound. What we see here I Think we're good to go to move on this bearing.

Let's go ahead and pull this guy out. It's got a broken stud too. See that it's not good about to have two broken studs. Got it? Let's see what we got here.

Roller looks good, brake pads decent, a little warm I'm gonna turn that guy. So what we're gonna do here is we're gonna pull the brake caliper bracket pads the rotor off of there. We're gonna take the axle nut off, push the axle in slightly, and then we can unbolt the hub assembly and remove that from the steering knuckle. All right, we're going in with some 14 millimeter action.

We'll pull the slide pins out for the brake caliper here, set that thing aside, come off, and uh, keep digging. Got a little hanger here for the caliper. That way it doesn't have to hang off of the hose. I Mean, you know you can kind of get away with that with these aluminum calipers because they're silly lightweight.

But uh, best practice is to not let the hose take the weight There we go. pull these pads out real quick. Yeah, about 40 percent worn. Not too bad.

Those can stay for now. Okay, we need 15 mil for the caliper bracket, bolts on, kicks. There you go. Rotors coming off and now we can see our hub assembly right? Yeah, okay, we are going to need some lubricant right here on that axle nut.

Give that a squirt and I think I Grabbed a 35 mil. but that's it. Loud noises, all right, friction. All right.

So right here we can see the end of the axle shaft coming through the bearing. We need to kind of press that through so the bearing can come off. So let's get this. uh, a little bit more lubricant and we'll attack it with some loud noises.

Foreign. So now we can go back around to the back side of this knuckle and there's one, two and three 15 mil bolts that are going to, uh, secure this bearing to the knuckle. Let's get those guys out next. Oh I Lied.

those are. those are 14s, not 15. let's try again. I Lied.

those are 13s, not 14s. Let's try again. There we go, Got it. If you try every socket, eventually you'll find the one that fits.

Get in here. please. on the clicks, that one's a little harder to get to I need more extension actually. I'll tell you what we're going to switch it up.

I'll use the Driveline wobble socket that should fit in there. No problem, right? Yep, I was going the wrong way. Yeah, there we go. that's two and then the third one is around the other side.

Let's turn this guy okay and we'll move around over here and get our third Fastener that one right down there. Again, loud noises coming in. There we go. That's all three good and we're backing up one more time.

Let's go ahead and apply some linear impacts to this guy and see if we can't knock it Loose from the knuckle. Yeah, What I'll do is I'll just give her some wax right here and it might wiggle the thing out. I may need to use a slide slide hammer, but I think it'll come out without. Yep, loose.

Okay, we have an wheel speed sensor connector right here. The uh, the wheel speed sensors or ABS sensors are located within the bearing assembly itself. tires on connected. There we go and this whole unit is going to slide out and voila.

One hub bearing assembly. Oh yeah, it feels totally crusty. You guys hear that? Nice. Okay, so on the surface here, we've got a bit of corrosion and uh, looks maybe even like some kind of gasket material in there.

Anyway, we're going to polish all that off with a sanding wheel. Oh, make it nice and shiny. Beautiful. Okay, let's undust our surface here.

Ah I Grabbed an empty one so I brought it back up from the back up. Splines: Nice and clean. Okie Dokes Got a new bearing here fresh out of the box. It's a Timken bearing, not an El Cheapo See does this stay here this now? This thing comes off.

seems like a lot of plastic just to hold the cable. Oh well. So what we need to do. Set up our backing plate which goes in that direction so it can accommodate the caliper and then our wire comes through right here on this side.

So we're going to feed this guy in past the CV axle. See how this is going to work? Come on, get in there. It won't run into the risk of touching and rubbing on the axle if it's routed properly. seem to squeeze it through.

There we go now. Wires at the top. These are in the right spot. Let's line it up and start feeding the bolts into it.

Come on, Actually, get in there. What are we doing? The axle doesn't want to pass through the bearing. What is this? There we go. It wasn't straight.

The splines I had just misaligned ever so slightly. right There right there, and caption seated almost there right now. Put the nut on there. so I Don't forget and we'll start with the easiest bolt first, which is going to end up being this interior bolt on this side.

Let's feed that guy through. We'll get it through the backing plate and then we'll line up the flange on the bearing and start the threads. As always, I'm not going to tighten this down until all of the bolts on the component have, uh, have been threaded. There we go.

plug it in, clicks, and in the bracket. Oh, that was not the right bolt. I Grabbed the wrong one that was a caliper bracket. Bolt The blue ones are the bolts for the bearing that could have been bad later on.

Okay, second bolt right here. We'll do that one on the top, that one's threaded and third Bolt on the bottom and that one's threaded. Cool. Let's get some forward action on these threads.

I Didn't get them in by hand very deeply, so we're gonna thread them some more before torquing the assembly. Come here once in. Okay, threads are sufficiently started. Now we can apply some torque to these guys kick.

So that's one on one side, spinner around and get the remaining two on the other side over here twice. Click a little bit on the axle nut torque. that later all right. brake rotor coming in that's in position.

Let's turn this. Hub some more. There we go and we can hang our caliper brackets. Let's get this guy in again.

Two bolts. These are the 15s. Slide that guy in there. We go.

now. we're all aligned. There's the top bolt and bottom bolt and we're not aligned. It's not threaded.

Hang on. I'm doing it wrong. There we go. Perfect.

Let's get that top one in right there. Okay 215s, Let's go ahead and run those down. Can't reach that one. Need my extension on all right.

Got it coming in, Extension beginning tightening now. All right. Brake pads coming in. They're going in the same place where they came out.

I'll use the witness marks to reference that. So we've got this round mark here. That's where the piston in the caliper is contacting it. So this is our inboard pad.

and naturally, the two fingers on the outside part of the caliper indicates the outboard pad. Slide that guy back in. All right now. we need to unhing our home caliper.

Get that guy out, flipper around and you know what? while I'm here, let's check these slide pins for Lube Come out. Yeah, that's kind of stuck. I'm gonna go ahead and lubricate these pins while we're here. There's really no reason not to get that old grease off and we'll install some purple so you know it's good.

There we go, wipe off the extra and we'll fish this. uh, last one out, get all that nasty off of there, re-grease it all right now. we'll get our caliper back in, we'll bolt this guy on and uh, we'll hit the road and check on that. Uh, the helicopter noise.

Two more bolts 13 and a 13. come aligned now. gotta wiggle it There we go and top one. like So a couple more clicks with the 13.

run away I lied 14. did we just do this exercise? We did. Click there. We go there, we go, not yet more.

There we go and we'll get our wheel installed here. Slide that guy in four lug nuts and uh I looked through my stash and I actually uh I have another one of these. So we're gonna have five lug nuts when we're done. All right.

A little bit more torque wrench action here and uh, we're good to go. 100 pounds All right. let's clear the rack and uh, go out and take this thing back out on the road. There's one.

pull that one out. I'm gonna kick the other side out. We'll get out of here. What you got there? It's a baby step stool.

Yeah, put it next to put it with the big grown-up step stool. Yeah, let's stick over here. That's really cool. That's a bad unit.

I like it. so Reed that's gonna come in handy I know I'm gonna use it. that's because you're you're shorter. See you later.

bye I'd be lost without the wife wife unit Raw All right, let's go fire this bad boy up. hit the road, see how it sounds restarting the engine door ajar uh tire warning light is on I Checked all the pressures. uh, two of them were low, but it's flashing so I'm pretty sure that uh, it's got a bad sensor or something like that. Not our task at hand for today.

We're just worried about helicopter noises. Anyway, let's get out of here, hit the road, reevaluate the sound of this particular unit, and uh, and we'll go from there. Rolling, rolling, rolling. All right.

Since the last test drive only took like half a block before we heard the noise I imagined it. It's only going to take a half a block to confirm the absence of said noise, so we're probably not going to go very far. Let's find out. um, traffic clear we riding ring ring all right quarter of a block, half a block Nice.

I Hear no helicopter grinding noise. still has some rattles and whatnot, but that buzzing helicopter noise is gone. Let's uh, let's do a break event and see if that pull goes away. also I hope it does.

Yepper good to go I'm happy with this one. All right guys. I'm gonna flip this thing around. We're going back to the shop.

In fact, we're just gonna do a driveway three-point turn right here. Bear with me while I maneuver up car coming I'm not going anywhere so close. Round two: backing up Successful test drive, successful repair. I'm gonna go ahead and close this one out like thank you guys for watching this video.

Hope you enjoyed this video. If you did, enjoy this video or this video helps you out in any way, please let me know about that in the comment section down below. Don't forget to tap that like button while you're down there. And most importantly, do not forget to have yourselves a great day! See you guys later! End of Mount Abute powering down goodbye Malibu.

96 thoughts on “Customer states: helicopter grinding noise chevy malibu”
  1. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Madd Dawg says:

    Please explain ignition Dwell.

  2. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Jormungand13324 says:

    you have no idea how relieved i was when i found out my buick's wheel bearing came as an assembly rather than a kit.

  3. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Hola! Bob Overturf says:

    I want to echo what Buddy said. I am a hobbiest, DIY'er. Watching your vids have given me not just more confidence, but more patience. I find myself imitating you while working on something and it makes me laugh. " Clickage…LOUD NOISES….GRAVITY"
    Thank you Ray!

  4. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Frank Healy says:

    Is that blue on the bearing bolts blue locktight?

  5. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars obadiah7771 says:

    You do the Eric O break clean introduction too?

  6. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Justin A says:

    That just happened to my 10 Silveraydo and I took it to a shop and they told me the book was a couple hours but took them like 8 from beating and heating cause of course it's all rusted. And I got service air bag on too like this car. But I've decided I'm not putting any more money in it. Going to retire it soon.

  7. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Max Plank says:

    Great video, we learned a lot.

  8. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Tim Castilo says:

    Airbag light on

  9. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Christopher Casey says:

    Ugh don’t do the thumbnail with the diagnosis right in it lol, I can’t look smart in the comments with a no-watch diagnosis

  10. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars H Stetser says:

    Ha! You are in Bradenton across from the county maintenance facility.. I thought your test ride looked familiar, under 301 to 15th st. I live about 6 miles away. Small world

  11. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars wrench41m says:

    I wish they were that easy.

  12. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Banoid says:

    Biting off of south main when using the brake cleaner is not cool.

  13. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Chris Miles says:

    You brought up the power gate so I thought I'd share a cheap power gate option just for the sake of sharing. Use a old garage door opener and mount parallel to the fence. Attach the "lift arm" to a piece of angle iron on the gate. The opener pulls the gate open and closed rather than the traditional up and down. Wireless keypads and remotes work like usual.
    There is a company around us that sell these on post frame agricultural buildings with sliding doors. Of course theirs are fancy new units with several safety options.

  14. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Bas Bass says:

    Car looks really good for age and mileage!

  15. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars T J says:

    There's no snap ring on the axle to wheel hub attachment?

  16. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Johnny Sechrist says:

    To bad you don't have an alignment machine, from the looks of those tires.

  17. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Silent Epsilon says:

    I love how detailed your explanations are in all of your videos. It really shows me every step of the way and if I ever find myself in the position of having a problem like this, I am super confident to … take it to a shop where experts can do this work.

  18. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Colt says:

    They must have hit a curb or big pot hole at one time with that wheel

  19. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Colt says:

    Right off I could tell you know what you’re doing and a real mechanic. I see all these people doing repair videos that don’t know even basic mechanic skills. Good video

  20. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Michael Bruton says:

    I like the your comment "try every socket you'll find one that fits"
    Is it that some of your American Muscle cars don't use European metric sizes
    It's a confusing state when you say it's 10mm yet its only a 6mm thread and it goes on up the range
    Due to the socket sizing is for the head of the bolt
    So confusing for the youngsters when mentioning you've got a 8mm bolt yet it's a 13mm spanner or half inch will fit
    Oh you call them open ended tools wrenches where we call them as spanners
    You seem to have a lot of faith in your swivel headed wrenches where as I would always go for a deep or shallow style ring spanner if a socket won't fit in the space

  21. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Michael Bruton says:

    Did you check the right front bearing for roughness

  22. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Max says:

    I'm not impressed with GM on this. I have a 2012 impala and have replaced all but the passenger front wheel bearing with less than 100K miles on it and just starting to hear the oh so familiar helicopter noise AGAIN at 107K. The first one went out at 75K miles. Have never had a vehicle with such lousy wheel bearings, they usually last for about 120K at least.

  23. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars iSolve says:

    That is a badly designed wheel hub assembly. They could have saved money and repairs without that seperate bolted hub.

  24. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Tiddybearkush says:

    I wish i had a wife unit 😞

  25. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Tiddybearkush says:

    Someone buy an automatic gate opener and send it to ray 🤣

  26. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars James fatula says:

    in addition i have 2" of steering wheel freeplay its not the ball joints ….

  27. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars James fatula says:

    i have similar issue is noises in front wheels i suspect left side i checked ball joints and mechanic sethscope on bearings no worn out no freeplay my car is 185k miles original compoments 05' chevy cobalt sedan do you think its left cv joint? it mimics bad rotor although rotor and brake pads are in good condition

  28. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Fred Mercury says:

    I don't know a mechanic in the UK who would've diagnosed the problem by driving the car. First move would be to get it on a ramp and check the brakes and bearings, not take a potentially dangerous car out onto the road.

  29. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Sada Yukinaga says:

    I miss my 2012 chevy malibu it sucked that the timing chain was going to fail but what killed it was a transmission leak due to a poorly installed radiator from my uncle

  30. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Bill P says:

    I experienced that with a S10 blazer. It sounded like the red Baron was on my tail.

  31. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Ted miles says:

    I remember the days of having to pack the bearings with grease by hand. Tis looked pretty simple to replace. Thanks for the video.

  32. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Graham Corley says:

    The suspension components looked strangely familiar until I realised it is the same platform as my UK vauxhall vectra C. Small world.

  33. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars jacob freemen says:

    No grease on the spline?

  34. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Roger Smith says:

    Did you go to the Palmetto gun show?

  35. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Matt Creator says:

    A lug nut can keep the rotor in place while you get brake back on

  36. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Eric Mutnan says:

    That looks like a spare… bet they hit something and messed up the bearing.

  37. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Andreas Höglund says:

    Ahhh the Saab is still there ❤

  38. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Cass Pederson says:

    Your attention to detail and constantly going above and beyond is so refreshing. Keep doing what you’re doing dude!

  39. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Bryan Fisher says:

    Low tire light went out also, you must have fixed it lol 👍

  40. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Shawn March says:

    Ray, not to be a stickler, but you should either wear gloves or clean your hands before driving your customers car. Id be kinda miffed…lol if I got in after you worked on it and my wheel smelled like grease and oil and then had to wash my hands and then the weel, the key, the door handle, etc… Even if the wheel looks like you need a tetanus shot to use it. LMAO
    Just a thought.

  41. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Tow Guy 101 says:

    You should spray brake clean in slow motion its soo soothing to see you spray half a can of brake clean on dust 😅🤣😂🤣 that had to be free

  42. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Old Time Farm Boy says:

    Moooving on up….moving on up….to the east side. To a deluxe apartment in the skyyyyy.

  43. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Luke says:

    I have a 5th gen regal and I went through like 5 wheel bearings within 30,000 miles and 2 of them were due to the reluctor magnet breaking. I live in the rust belt and they're near impossible to get the hub out of it's home 😂