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Old 07-05-2010, 08:04 AM   #1
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How can I tell if my driver side wheel bearing is shot? I'm hearing a clicking noise sometimes and sometimes it squeaks. I'm thinking either axle u-joint or wheel bearing. How can I find out? It clicks rather than squeaks real bad sometimes. I can't tell weather it's coming from the front wheel or the rear. Any suggestions? Thanks guys!

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Clicking is usually a u joint problem while a constant hum especially when turning one way or another is a bearing. Note that I said usually. There is always the exception.

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How can I tell if it's a U-joint? I'm guessing it would be the axle u joint right?
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Get it up in the air and grab the tire at the top and the bottom and see if you can rock it back and fourth from the top to the bottom. There should not be any play. Like doc said clicking is "normaly a u joint" but but I have seen the hub bearing do the same thing.
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The top and bottom grab of the tire.. is more to check Ball Joints, vs u-joints.. to check the u-joint.. while the tire is in the air(if you cannot confirm from looking at the joint) spin the tire back and forth about 1/4 turn.. you will hear the joint click, moving etc if its bad... Also you can check the hub at the same time.. the tire should spin freely no resistance so to speak..
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How can I tell if my driver side wheel bearing is shot? Thanks guys!
I was addressing the hub bearing. Sometimes a bad hub bearing does not rub or click with out a load on it. In my professional experience I have found that movement back and fourth from top to bottom is usually a hub bearing. Yes you are right you can also check your ball joints that way. You just have to see where the movement is.
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Replace them both. About $100 to fix. If your unit bearing is still good, then you now have a trail spare!
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Napa makes some quality hubs rather than the other guys and they have a lifetime warranty.

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