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Wheel Bearings?? my explorer started making a humming sound coming from the wheels/tires. i think its he wheel bearings because of the noise, but how can i physically check them before i replace them?

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  • nolanwilson Feb 27, 2009

    i don't think its my tires, they are studded tires, so they do make more noise than tires would, but i've only had them on for half of last season, and now this season, and they didnt make this noise when i first put them on this season...

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Hard to. Tires also can cause the same noise if they have diagonal tread wear. check them first. run hand around tread in one direction then the other. If rough in one direction, suspect tires for noise.

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