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Old 12-29-2018, 09:08 PM   #171 (permalink)
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Noise emanates from the front of the car, and is same turning left and right as far as I can tell... just changes pitch/volume with speed... wife said it sounds like a plane taking off lol...
Maybe both your front wheel bearings are failing. There is a good test where you jack the car up and hold the suspension spring to detect vibrations are you hand turn the wheel, if I recall correctly. Look it up in youtube. I had this problem a couple years ago. Replaced the bearing unit myself. Not super hard but really hacky.

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Old 12-29-2018, 09:35 PM   #172 (permalink)
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The hub/bearing assemblies aren’t hard to change in the Ion, I did the ones in my Redline in about an hour per side and it had ABS to deal with... parts store price was like $90 a side for the four lug (non Redline) units... talking with mechanic about parting or fixing the RL, if it’s actually gonna be parted I’ll just move over it’s knuckles and brand new wheel bearings and it’s big brakes(and unfortunately its 17 inch wheels and tires)
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Don't wheel bearing replacements require a hydraulic press?
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Old 12-30-2018, 12:30 PM   #174 (permalink)
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They sometimes do, but not in all cases...the old rwd trucks I drove just needed a hammer and brass drift to drive out the old bearing races, though a press would have been quicker... I don’t know if there even is just a bearing for the Saturn Ion, I just remember changing the whole unit, both on my moms car (just like mine) and on my IRL(only difference there is the 5x110 bolt circle)...

Three 15 or 17mm bolts for the unit, plus the axle nut, and it comes off with a whack from a hammer (once you got the brakes outta the way)
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Old 12-30-2018, 12:36 PM   #175 (permalink)
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To get the placement of the bearing unit correct, I needed a press, which is why I took it to a machinist once I had the old unit out of the knuckle and the new unit in hand. It would be surprising if the saturn did not have a bearing unit, wouldn't it?
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I know of the bearing/hub assembly but I don’t know if you could buy just the bearing itself... don’t know why you even would...
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I’ve got some tire spats made up but need to figure out mounts for them... instead of using a flat piece of coroplast like last time I cut rings out of 8” thinwall HDPE pipe and then cut them in half for four semi circular pieces... the thought is to mount them so that some air is diverted away from the tires on both sides (pipe is wider than my tires are)... in theory using the rounded spat will work better than a flat piece, right?
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Old 01-03-2019, 01:50 PM   #178 (permalink)
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... I cut rings out of 8 thinwall HDPE pipe and then cut them in half for four semi circular pieces... the thought is to mount them so that some air is diverted away from the tires on both sides (pipe is wider than my tires are)... in theory using the rounded spat will work better than a flat piece, right?
Sounds more like a strake than a spat. Is that right? And if so, I think the answer to your question is a qualified yes. Qualified because relative effectiveness sure still depends on your specific execution. I think. Got pics?
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I haven’t taken any pics yet because they aren’t installed, just lying in the rear floorboards adding useless weight...
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Old 01-11-2019, 04:43 PM   #180 (permalink)
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I started modding my rain guards today... just basically cut off the pocket at the rear of them with a rotary tool

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