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Wheel Bearing?

Started to make a noise kinda like a tire noise ( i suck at describing)

it is affected by speed. makes same noise in gear/ rolling not in gear.

same noise forward/reverse.

pulled each front wheel off and everything looks fine.

i'm thinking its the wheel bearing but not 100% sure on this.

how hard to replace? easier to have a shop do it? (limited tools/knowledge) haha
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2wd or 4x4?
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is it a "clicking" noise?? how loud is it?? when driving do you feel any grinding? do you feel it in the brake pedal? front or rear?
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best way i could describe it would be like a grinding noise. you can feel it like everywhere.

volume is determined by speed.

i looked it up a bit, gonna try pulling on the tire @ 12 and 6 like sites say. see if there is play on it.

otherwise it seems like bearing from everything else i've read.
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it could be the CV axle.
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does the cv still spin while in reverse or neutral? (while in 2WD)?

because still makes noise when doing that.
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constant velocity
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Sound sto me wheel bearing, cv would made a poping noise when you take a turn and such... check the u-joint anyway...
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It is a pretty easy replacement you will need to remove the bolt that retains the hub and you may or may not need a slide hammer to remove the hub when I did mine the pass side came right off but had to have a slide for the driver you can rent one at Auto Zone, my advise if you replace one side go ahead and replace the other make sure if you have abs to get the abs hubs. When mine went out it sounded like a rock stuck between the rotor and the dust shield and the noise went away as i turned the wheel left while driving but screamed going straight or right. Hope this helps
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By the way there are three bolt holding the hub to the spindle from the back side forgot to tell you that.
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when i turn left, the sound stops, turning right its still there. so i'm almost sure its the left wheel bearing.

i'ma call up a guy i know @ the shop and see how much (don't have impact gun or puller)

and yeah i'm slowly buying more and more tools. ha.

hopefully get me a lifetime alignment soon and crank my tbars. i just bought me some new jackstands and a floor jack.
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You can check wheel bearings by getting the wheel up off the ground and pulling/pushing/twisting (one side in , one side out)/lifting on it. If the bearings are good, it shouldn't have any play in it at all. If it does, the bearings are shot.
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how do i tell if i have ABS all 4 wheels?
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how do i tell if i have ABS all 4 wheels?
There will be sensor wires that will go from the hubs to the ABS computer. No wires, no ABS.
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its like 2 thick black wires leading into it right? only other thing is brake line.
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its like 2 thick black wires leading into it right? only other thing is brake line.
That's them.
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