hi, sorry if this is in the wrong place, sure someone wiser will move if so.
im at the end of my patience with my beloved 04 cooper.
quick background. front bearings replaced many times now and both driveshafts replaced last year(app 3000 miles)
also gearbox rebuilt by dealer(prob just bearings but they insist it was rebuilt) 33,000 miles ago with full new clutch.(prob 3 years now)
the problem.. started out maybe a month ago with a faint!.. grumbling from o/s front wheel area.. put it down to a bearing and thought i would let it develop before changing yet again.. on my way home on tuesday it got so bad on the motorway i decided to leave at the next exit and take a b road to keep the speed down.. put it in to the local garage and they diagnosed the gearbox as the problem.. not convinced i took the car to a buisness i know to be trustworthy specalising in transmissions, on the phone he assured me the mini gearbox could put his children through university!!
. and i took it in to him. he looked up on the ramp and took for a reasonably 20 min test drive and told me it wasnt a wheel bearing/driveshaft or my gearbox and informed me the tyre at the wheel in question appeared to be mis-shaped and strangely worn.. he was right ..
so off i go and replace both front tyres (note the wheel in question is slightly damaged on the inside edge and is replaced)and an alignment and the noise is still there but slightly different in that is seems impossible to tell what side it is coming from now, just that it appears to be from the front.
the car is on 17in original wheels with non run-flats(they were brutal and overpriced) i have ordered replacement front wishbone bushes,track rod ends and gaitors (always check when they offer you the tracking for a knockdown price with no reciept.. arn't i daft!) to eliminate the poss of them causing the strange wear..seperate issue now i know..
i am out of ideas as to what is causing the noise now but even tho the specialist said it wasn't bad at all, i know it is to me...it never has any strange noises and its slowly getting worse and the steering wheel now appears to wobble slightly at 30-40 mph if you loosen your grip on it.. i wont take it anywhere far now and certainly not with the daughter in it..such a pain!
if anyone can give me thier thoughts or a new perspective on this i would be very gratefull.. she,s getting on now and i'm growing sick of throwing money at her(and so is the missus!!).