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hi,
I have a hyundai coupe se 1999 1975cc petrol, i have 2 problems with the car
1 there is a knocking coming from the front left hand wheel. I have jacked the car up and taken the wheel and breaks off to check its not that. I wobbled the wheel cuz that how i was told you can check the bearings, but that seems fine too. how would i do further checks to see what the problem is. when i drive it it knocks at the speed of the tyre revolution. the faster i go the louder it gets. I have not drove it more than a mile incase i damage it more, as it came on suddenly.
2 the main beam lights have stopped working. I have replaced the bulbs and checked all the fuses, everything else works and lights up but not the main beam.
Any help would be appreciated
sean

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check the driveshaft on that side for play, grab it and try to wobble it.. if not bearings could be C.V. joint is worn/chipped etc.

you can try jacking up that wheel and turning it 1/20th or so of a turn then try to wobble it up/down side/side, then turn it a bit more + repeat test: the play may only become apparent at a certain position. turning the wheel slowly by hand you may notice a 'notch' or stiff 'moment' as it turns, or 'crunchiness/grating' this would almost certainly be a bearing

same with the driveshaft, turn it a bit+try to wobble.

youll find the faulty part given methodical approach + a little time/investigation.

all said, I do reckon its the bearing, if you can take off the rotor/disc youll most likely find one of the rollers in the bearing is crushed or absent(disintegrated) - wash out the carrier if so with spirit/petrol/paraffin, being sure to get any metal shards out and fit new bearing+pack with grease.


as for main beam: trace the wires and inspect any connections for corrosion/tight fitting - sandpaper then grease anything rusty.

if no difference/all wiring seems healthty:

Set lights so main beam 'should' be on then sharply tap the main beam relay with a screwdriver handle, if you get a flicker of light from the beams it's a bad relay - try a new relay in any case, this is just a cheap and dirty test, may not help.
apart from the relay it could be the main beam switch/stalk.. without test equipment you're best just replacing it 'blindly' with fingers crossed.

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