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1997 Mazda MPV makes a grinding noise in 4wd

I had the transmission rebuilt a few years ago. No issues with that. We have a bad snow storm up in NY and put the vehicle in 4wd and it made a grinding noise while idling or moving. It was not a constant noise but it came and went. When I took the car out of 4wd the noise immediatelly stopped. I'm freaking out because I'm thinking it's the transmission but then I'm reading online and it appears more related to the axl assy or hub and bearing. Any help is greatly appreciated

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You can check the hub bearings very easily by jacking the front of the vehicle up and shacking the tire from top to bottom and seeing if there is excessive play.If there is then you know it is a bearing if not then you know you have to look deeper.

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