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I just drove my 97 gmc 3500 and there is a grinding sound in the drivers side wheel well. It has new brake pads. So thats not it. Its a metal grinding. Could it have something to do with the front axle? What fluid should be in that front axle?

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Try jacking the front driver's side of the truck and support it on a jack stand. Give the wheel a spin and listen closely. It may help you locate the source of the sound. I wouldn't rule out the brakes just because they're new. If you still hear the noise, it may be the wheel bearing. If you hear nothing, it may be the front differential if the truck is equipped with 4WD. Hopefully, it is only a low fluid level.

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You could be right with the wheel bearings. But first take the wheel off and check that nothing is scraping the rotor. Look all the way around the rotor. A suggestion will be that the brake pads have worn enough that the brake pad wear indicator is starting to scrape. Pry them back a little.

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Get your truck up in a rack and take a look at the drive shaft, the differential, the u joints and the ball joints. Regards, joe

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