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Left turns and sometimes right turns, grinding noise

I have a 2001 Saturn L Series. When I mostly turn to the left and have to use my brakes, there is a grinding noise. Sometimes also the right. I have heard some say it's the wheel bearings. I just had two new tires put in the front with a wheel alignment. Is this a noise I need to be concerned about? Will it hurt my car? Could it be I need brake fluid?

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No. Low brake fluid won't cause your brakes to grind. It wont hurt to check the fluid level though. Yes, it is something you should be concerned about. When they replaced your tires, did they say anything to you about the brakes? Most shops will take a look at the thickness of the brake pads especially since they already have the wheels off and that just happens to be the best possible oppertunity to check the brakes for wear! Did you have the noise before the tires were replaced and if so did you mention it to the shop? It is possible that it is a wheel bearing but it is more likely that it is the brakes. The only way to tell for sure is to have it inspected.

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