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post #1 of 16 Old 11-15-2009, 05:59 AM Thread Starter
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wheel bearing maybe??

Weird noise coming from left side of truck and whenever i turn left, but it goes away if i move the wheel even the slightest to the right or turn right. Could it be a wheel bearing or what else could it be.

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definately take a look at the wheel bearings. jack it up so the wheel is off the ground and grab the tire by the sides. wiggle it back and forth. you'll feel if there is any slop in the bearing. you could have someone else move it and watch the bearings too. either way do not hesitate to check them out

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Sounds like a wheel bearing to me...
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Check the dust shield behind the brake rotor. I had your exact same symptoms and I thought wheel bearing as well. Just ended up being that the dust shield was bent and would make contact with the rotor.

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awesome thanks guys ill check it out tomorrow, if wheel bearing ill replace right away and hoping its dust shield. Im guessing would be the left wwheel bearing then.

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a left wheel bearing would quiet while steering left.

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a left wheel bearing would quiet while steering left.
thanks, knowing me i woulda just checked left, so ill check right first then might as well check left while at it.

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Some oddities I have experienced on vehicles are..

- Brake pads low enough to very slightly touch the squealer when turning lightly to the left but not under breaking.

- Wheel bearing (I'm assuming) didn't like the wobbling motion of a tire with a broken belt. Once the tire was replaced the grinding noise went from every time I turn to only once in a while in a hard turn.

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definately take a look at the wheel bearings. jack it up so the wheel is off the ground and grab the tire by the sides. wiggle it back and forth. you'll feel if there is any slop in the bearing. you could have someone else move it and watch the bearings too. either way do not hesitate to check them out
Actually grab the top and bottom of the tire and see if it wobbles.Left and right wobbling will check for worn out steering parts.

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Check the dust shield behind the brake rotor. I had your exact same symptoms and I thought wheel bearing as well. Just ended up being that the dust shield was bent and would make contact with the rotor.
That can happen to but mostly if you have had the wheel off and bent it or did a brake job on it and bent it too.

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a left wheel bearing would quiet while steering left.
This is so correct.All the weight is shifted to the other side.
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a left wheel bearing would quiet while steering left.
This is so correct.All the weight is shifted to the other side.
Not entirely correct. It depends on what is causing the sound. If it is grinding from a bad bearing or no lubrication that's true but if it is just a loose bearing it will get worse on the left when making a left turn because the lack of weight on that side lets the bearing slap around.

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When the right front bearing on my Dak was going bad, it made a rumble/slight vibration when turning right. Most noticeable when taking a long sweeping on-ramp at 65

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Not entirely correct. It depends on what is causing the sound. If it is grinding from a bad bearing or no lubrication that's true but if it is just a loose bearing it will get worse on the left when making a left turn because the lack of weight on that side lets the bearing slap around.
In my 12 years of owning my own shop I have never heard a wheel bearing slap around.Maybe the tire would start shaking like it was unbalanced but have never heard a wheel bearing slap around.Normally even if your turning in the opposite direction theres still too much weight for a bearing to slap around unless you have hydraulics and hittin three wheel and the bad bearing being the one in the air.Now I have heard one that was so loose make a knocking sound but only with the vehicle going straight with no tension on it at all.

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so if only when i go left which one is it then?

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so if only when i go left which one is it then?
Just do this because someone can tell you the right way and the wrong way of how something sounds by turning right or left.Jack up your truck to where both front tires are off the ground.Go to either side and grab the bottom and top of the tire and see if it will wiggle.If its a noisy growling bearing you can put one hand on the upper control arm and spin the tire with the other and if you can feel any kind of roughness with your other hand on the control arm then its that bearing.If it wiggles then you will need to try to look at your ball joints and control arm and make sure they are not moving while you are wiggling.You may can look through your wheel and if the rotor is moving while you are wiggling but the dust shield is stationary then the wheel bearing is bad.
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