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Grinding in front end constantly at low speeds

6cyl 4.0 L 4wd auto

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Check wheel bearings for failure. jack up front end till the wheels are clear from the ground try to move the wheel top and bottom and see if you can move the wheel in or out. excessive movement is bearings. check brake rotors (discs) for abnormal wear (no pads and surface of rotor missing

Posted on Jan 19, 2013

  • Ty Latimer Jan 19, 2013

    should have added this before, there is no play in the tire at all, up and down or left and right. also, the brakes are good, disassembled both sides and checked

  • Ty Latimer Jan 19, 2013

    there is a slight rubbing turning the hub manually though

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SOURCE: Front end rubbing or grinding noise but goes away

It could be a number of things, but a common problem with this car is rusty pins in the front end.  This is louder when turning.  There was a bulletin issued about it.

Posted on Jun 11, 2010

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