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I have a 2008 Toyota matrix with 50k miles. I have a squeak on the right side wheel (I beleive front). I check the brakes on all four tires, all very good. I see nothing, no play in the wheels. Is

I have a squeak on the right side wheel (I believe front). I check the brakes on all four tires, all very good. I see nothing, no play in the wheels. Is this a bearing going out?

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  • Anonymous Dec 01, 2012

    The front drive axle if that is what you have will make feeling the bearing even harder as you will be turning against the transaxle diff

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If the noise is from 25 thru 45 mph--- then you remove the
front caliper & rotor,set aside & turn the wheel hub bearing
by hand

You will only feel bad bearings doing it that way

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  • TimH Dec 01, 2012

    I have thought it migfht be a bearing, but usually a bearing makes a different sound. This sound is more of the sound the clip on the brakes make when they need changed. OR the sound when a spring is loose on the brakes. So should I go by sound or assume it is a bearing?

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