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My 2002 Ford Windstar had tires replaced in August. When we got it back there was a wearing/grinding sound coming from the passenger front tire. We dismissed this as a new tire sound since we have not had new tires before. Now just two days ago the sound has become so loud that we now can feel the grinding as well. Took it back to the tire place and they rotated the tires and said they think it might be the brakes or wheel bearings. Does this sound right?

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  • MBONO Dec 18, 2012

    It was the wheel bearing. Runs perfect now. And I know where I WON"T be going for tires next time. Thank you for the advice!

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If they are a real tire place they should know if you need brakes . the windstar are known for bad wheel bearing,and here again if they are a true shop they can tell if the whell bearing is bad . by shaking the tire up and down, it will give the same play as a bad ball joint

Posted on Dec 09, 2012

  • teds repairs
    teds repairs Dec 18, 2012

    it happens a lot today. s many garages do not know what they are doing and have no skills.

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SOURCE: Grinding noise in the left

grinding on front wheel is caused by 2 things. a bad or loose wheel bearing,or worn out brakes, have them both checked
You might also want to check the level of fluid in the power steering reservoir - low or lack of fluid will also cause a noise (although more of a whining than a grinding).

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yes it has and you need to change it before the wheel flips on you

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Hub bearing in the right rear is the most likely problem

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SOURCE: Rubbing or grinding noise coming from Driver side rear tire/wheel

I had the same problem that based on interner research is common for Fords trcuks/suvs. The common problem fro rear humming "rubbing"sound might be the rear wheel bearings/seal. These will need to be replaced as it will progressivly get worse and the noise louder and eventually the bearings can sieze. I would hesitate to take to a ford dealer if I were you as it can run $500-900. Take to mechanic that knows how to replace wheel bearings and seals. My mechanic replaced them for about $150. and the bearing and seals are around $40. A good way to test this is to raise the wheel were you can freely spin by hand...if does not spin or there is a lot of friction then it might be the wheel bearings.
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Jack up the front end and put stands under it and block rear wheels. Look at axle boots and see if they are cracked. Try turning wheel back and forth sharply and see if you can hear any clicking. Problem could be outer axle joints. If the boots are cracked or you hear a clicking noise you will have to replace the axle. The axle and boot come as a complete unit. Please let me know what you find out.

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