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Default Signs of Bad wheel Bearings?

What are some signs of Bad wheel Bearings?
And how do you replace them?
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Jack up the front end of your car. Grab the tire at the top and bottom and "wiggle" it fairly strongly. It will have some play in it and kinda make a small "thump" noise if it is bad. Sometimes you can get away with tightening them up just a little bit, but better to replace. You will have to remove the tire and wheel, brake caliper and rotor, and the little metal dust cap on the rotor to gain access to the retaining nut on the spindle. There will be a cotter pin holding it in place which will have to be removed in order to loosen the nut. After the brake rotor, caliper and nut is off the rotor will come off. DO NOT LOOSE PARTS and be sure to remember how you took them off so you can reverse the removal to put them back on. My advice, pick up a Chilton manual from your local O'reilly or Auto Zone store. That will explain in better detail than I can online.
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You can probably hear a squeaking/grinding sound at low speeds especially in parking garages or by driving by walls
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Yea the right front wheel makes this odd sound sounds like a duck almost, but I would say its grinding? But I just started to hear this sound lately. I am going to check it out more tomorrow tho.
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If it's a front wheel bearing then it's an pretty easy DIY job. I would also check your discs. make sure they are not warped. Have you done any repeated hard braking lately?
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Yea my rotors are warped.
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If you still have the 4 lug rotors, they shouldn't be to expensive to replace. Shop around and I bet you can find both for under 100 bucks
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While you're in there, do the bearings too!

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