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 Posted: Jan 10, 2024 02:27PM
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I have a 2011 Mini S Hatchback.  I have an odd noise that reminds you of a wheel bearing coming out of right front.  I replaced both front wheel bearings and right axle.  Noise still there and getting worse.  Can some one point me in a general direction?  I'm out of ideas besides pulling transmission.
I apologize for ressurecting a pretty old post; however, I am in this same exact situation and want to make very sure I have exhausted all options before pulling the gearbox. Not sure I expect a response, but worth a shot here, but were you ever able to figure out what the issue was here? I have nearly the exact same problem, same described noise, etc. and am also out of ideas other than diff bearing. It for sure sounds like a bearing imo. Changed both front bearings and it made no difference at all. 

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The fact that is louder when turning left and stops when turning right would normally point to a wheel bearing.
As the noise is slower than what the wheel is turning would possibly lead to a gearbox noise or issue.
Can you duplicate the noise on a lift or axle stands?

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 Posted: Feb 15, 2018 09:28AM
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Ok, you've replaced both front bearings and the right axle and the noise did not change.

Replacing the right axle means new cv joints and the mid-shaft support bearings - so they shouldn't be the cause.

No dust shield on the right.

You said: :"Going into a left hand turn it gets a little louder and stops when I turn right." 

Just for kicks, have you tried swapping the right side tires from front to rear to see if it has any effect?

I presume the front bearings were properly greased and the axle nut was properly torqued when you replaced them...

ken

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Power steering related ?

 Posted: Feb 14, 2018 07:02PM
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It’s gotta be either the upper or the lower balljoint that’s makng the noise.

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Yes that one, bolted to the engine block. My son's car had the bearing go bad and it sounded just like a wheel bearing but in a vague sort of way if that makes sense? also as it changes turning left or right this gives an indication of load being a factor.

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Where is that at?  I know there is a bearing on the axle itself 

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CV ?

If in doubt, flat out. Colin Mc Rae MBE 1968-2007.

Give a car more power and it goes faster on the straights,
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 Posted: Feb 14, 2018 02:38PM
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Inner support bearing right shaft?

Mini's are like buses they come along in a bunch

 Posted: Feb 14, 2018 01:54PM
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Currently no dust shield is on that side.

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It is a manual.  The noise has a rotation nature, but it is slower than what the wheel is turning.  I had all 4 wheels off ground checking for play and didnt see any.  No play on control arms either.  What puzzles me is the noise sounds like a wheel bearing, but is slower than what wheel is turning.  Going into a left hand turn it gets a little louder and stops when I turn right.
To me it sounds like a dust shield or other component rubbing on the disk. A shield is mounted on the hub but the disk is mounted on the bearings. The bearings flex just enough to allow intermittent contact with the disk.

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It is a manual.  The noise has a rotation nature, but it is slower than what the wheel is turning.  I had all 4 wheels off ground checking for play and didnt see any.  No play on control arms either.  What puzzles me is the noise sounds like a wheel bearing, but is slower than what wheel is turning.  Going into a left hand turn it gets a little louder and stops when I turn right.
When the noise is present, does applying the brakes change the noise?

Ken

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It is a manual.  The noise has a rotation nature, but it is slower than what the wheel is turning.  I had all 4 wheels off ground checking for play and didnt see any.  No play on control arms either.  What puzzles me is the noise sounds like a wheel bearing, but is slower than what wheel is turning.  Going into a left hand turn it gets a little louder and stops when I turn right.

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Nothing jammed in around the disc brake setup?

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Harbor freight sells an inexpensive stethoscope which is ideal for checking for noises. I also use a long thin screwdriver to my ear which works well but obviously does not have the flexibility of the rubber pipe Jim mentioned.

If in doubt, flat out. Colin Mc Rae MBE 1968-2007.

Give a car more power and it goes faster on the straights,
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Originally Posted by SJO11
I have a 2011 Mini S Hatchback.  I have an odd noise that reminds you of a wheel bearing coming out of right front.  I replaced both front wheel bearings and right axle.  Noise still there and getting worse.  Can some one point me in a general direction?  I'm out of ideas besides pulling transmission.
Bearing and axle would have been my first guess, but you've already addressed them....  

Does the noise seem to follow the rotation of the wheel? - does the speed of the noise follow the speed of the car?

Is it possible something from the front brakes is causing the noise?
Try lifting the right front wheel off the ground and see if the control arm has any 'play' - perhaps the control arm rear bushing is shot allowing some play to cause noise?

Do you have a manual or auto transmission?

Ken

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Why don't you jack up the front end, put it on jack stands, make sure it's secure.  Run the car in gear. And with a rubber tube put it against where you think the noise is coming from and the other end to your ear. Tube is like a stethoscope. Far easier than pulling tranny.

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SJ, if you don't get a good answer over the weekend, Ken, Mini Mania's MINI guru, will be back in the office on Monday and is sure to respond.

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I have a 2011 Mini S Hatchback.  I have an odd noise that reminds you of a wheel bearing coming out of right front.  I replaced both front wheel bearings and right axle.  Noise still there and getting worse.  Can some one point me in a general direction?  I'm out of ideas besides pulling transmission.