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Old 01-20-2008
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Front End Problem - Help pls

- 1994 B4000
- D35 front end
- 4x4
- Manual hubs
- all front ujoints less than a year old
- ball joints less than a year old
- 33x12.5" mud tires

So I am driving along tonight at normal speed, about 35 mph, on a normal road. Without cause (ie: no bumps or anything) a loud rubbing noise starts from my front end. I pull over immediately to check it out.

I have recently installed the suspension, so my first thought it something came loose. But I checked everything while on the side of the road & everything was tight.

I made sure 4x was disengaged & the hubs unlocked - they were. It gets louder/softer dependent upon the speed, and its coming from the front end. So the only thing I can think of are the wheel bearings. Does this make sense? I odnt know much about how they act when they go out, but I thought they squealed. No squealing here - its a rubbing/humming.

It seems to have come a bit out of alignment; the camber is now a little like /---\. I am running 6" dropbrackets with 6" springs & 2" spacers. The camber is not bad though, at all.

It is running beautifully otherwise. It tracks straight, turns easily. Handles bumps like a charm without any clunks or anything.

What are your thoughts on what it could be?
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You figure it out yet? Sounds like the wheel bearings to me.
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You figure it out yet? Sounds like the wheel bearings to me.
ya it was the inner wheel bearing - fused to the spindle
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That woulda been my first thoughts too. Your better off replacing both wheel bearings while you have that side apart though.
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