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Old 09-08-2003, 02:32 PM
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96-S320 front-end noise

I have a 96-S320 W/60K miles. I'am getting a noise from the left front which sounds like a heavy treaded tire on dry pike when I make a left turn ONLY. It is speed sensitive and increases in intensity as you increase/tighten up the turn. I replaced the wheel bearing, but its still there. Cleaned and checked other bearings, no-go. Any other Ideas of things to look for?? Thanks for any input, I'am a typical backyard mechanic, do all the repairs not requiring special tools or knowledge... Ron
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Old 09-08-2003, 04:53 PM
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What size tires are you runnin? Are any of the plastic fenderwell
liners pushed out and rubbin on the tires? Look for rub marks on
the inner fenders and splash panels. Fairly common problem.
The OE tire size is 225/60/vr16
Good luck.
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Old 09-08-2003, 05:08 PM
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96 S-320

I've looked for all those type things, everything all around the tire look normal, ie. no worn spots, rubbing, etc. I'am using the std. size tire also. Thanks for your response. I also have another question re-the S-320 for anyone, does this car have a charcole filter for the cabin area, and if so, how do you get to it??thanks

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Old 09-09-2003, 05:54 AM
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Charcole filter depends if you have the switch. The switch is properly the only easiest thing to check. Do you have the switch that turn on/off the charcole filter?? In the early 140, the hood will have series of opening near the windshield.... however in the later model, all have the opening so its not the best bet.

If you still unsure to the switch, you can go into diag. mode for the A/C module and look up from there. Which A/C module do you have?? Do you have the 3 seperate panel module or the one big LCD module. Both have been described on this board as to how to go into the diag. mode.

If you have charcole filter, your car will have 3 filters. Re-circ filter, pre-filter and the charcole filter. The Re-circ filter can be changed in 10 minutes and is inside the car under passenger dash.

The pre-filter is just before the blower which can be changed in 20 minutes. U need to open the hood, remove the BIG black thing going across left and right and u will see the pre-filter. Don't force anything, there are a few electrical and vacum connections.

the charcole..... u must remove the wiper, wiper motor and others to access it.... its costly too... not a recommended frequent item. Its also described on this board as to exactly how to do it.
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