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Front wheel noise

It started a few weeks ago, like a hummy noise or winding noise. its not the engine because I can put the car in neutral and coast and the noise is still there.

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  • stsales1 Dec 05, 2008

    YES I 'm pretty sure its a wheel bearing like you said, I'm having it checked out today. Thanks for your help I appreciate it.

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    yadayada May 11, 2010

    When you turn right and left does the noise quite down?

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Sounds like you need a front wheel bearing...does it change pitch in noise when turning left or right?

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