Two mechanics have been unable to resolve my front-end noise issue.
I drive a 2001 Hyundai Elantra with 216,000 miles on it. It has a manual transmission.
About eight months ago, I started hearing a strange noise that sounded like it was coming from the front right (passenger side) tire. After some inspection, I saw that I needed to replace the right outer tie rod end and did so with a dealer part. I also noticed that the inner boot of the right half-shaft was seeping gear oil, so I replaced the entire half-shaft with an aftermarket part (could not afford the $375 dealer half-shaft price). The noise still remained. Some guys at my tire shop thought it might be a tire problem. Since my tires were getting worn, I replaced them all, including balancing and a 4-wheel alignment. Even after this, the noise is still there.
It sounds like the noise made by off-road tires being driven on the highway, like a tread mis-alignment sound, if that makes sense.
I thought it might be the wheel bearings, but it seems like they would have failed by now, since I have put over 22,000 miles on the car since the noise began. Or could it still be the bearings?
Yes, I was thinking it might be the wheel bearings but I am amazed they have lasted so long since the noise began!
I try to do most repairs myself, but sadly, I do not have the tools to replace (press-off) sealed wheel bearings, so this is going to cost me!
Thanks for all the responses!!