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Grinding/sqealing sound When I am in four wheel drive there is a grinding sound coming from my drivers side front tire when I turn. When I go straight it is only a squeal. When in two wheel drive the sounds are not there. What could it be?

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    Bruce Spencer Apr 15, 2014

    it is a dodge ram 1500 1996 with 105,000 miles on it. I just got this truck so I am still learning on it

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I'd suspect a bad CV joint - especially if the rubber boot is damaged. Most likely it's the outside joint on one or both sides. Those are the ones that get the most wear, and are the most likely to be damaged by road debris, off-road hazards, etc.

Posted on Apr 15, 2014

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Posted on Jan 02, 2017

SOURCE: GRINDING IN FRONT END

This sounds like a major problem. I had the same issue with a different truck. I will tell you in all honesty that the front-end is blown. The noise will continue to get worse. Soon it will occur driving in a straight line. The carrier bearings are symptomatic of failure. Its safe to drive on for a while, but in the long run you can eventually snap the front end. But before you go on rebuilding or selling the vehicle drain the fluid and replace with new and see if the problem goes away after driving 8-15 times in a flat parking lot doing figure-eights.

Posted on Sep 15, 2008

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that definatly sounds like your ball joints, take it to your local garage and they will do that. not that pricy unless you want to tackle that yourself, not a very hard job to do

Posted on Jan 10, 2009

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SOURCE: clunking sound from the front tire of the drivers side under hub

The Dust Cover for the Bearings May have Come Loose. Remove the Wheel and the Center Cap and see if it is not Please Rate my Response, I need all the Help That I can Get! Thanks!in there.

Posted on Jan 27, 2009

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SOURCE: Front end grind

Sounds like a wheel bearing.

Posted on Feb 20, 2010

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SOURCE: 2005 trailblazer knocking sound front drivers side wheel when accelerating only

First check wheel bearing. Jack front end up lifting tires off ground and see if the wheel moves by pulling on the sidewall part of wheel from top and pushing bottom towards the car does this back and forth if there is play, wheel bearing could need replaced. Take tire off and check for loose brakes, loose calipers, loose dust shields , etc. everything except rotor should be tight.

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Assuming that you have already ruled out the brakes, severely worn engine mounts can transmit vibration and noises from the engine which are not normally heard. You don't say in what I see but is the vehicle two or four wheel drive. Since you mention CV half shafts I have to assume it is at least front wheel drive. If the vehicle is four wheel drive then there is a front differential with bearings in it that may be at fault. Have you done both sides when you say "hub assembly". Defective hub bearings will make grinding noises which will change tone or intensity when turning, accelerating or braking however the noise is usually fairly constant unless they are only just starting to fail. CV joints don't normally "grind" unless they are really bad. They usually make progressively worse "clicking" sounds or "clunking" sounds especially when turning hard, changing gears or direction of travel (forward to reverse and back again). Do you have non-stock tires/wheels? Larger/wider than factory spec tire sizes can rub the fender wells when the car is moving or turning. Another thing it could possibly be is the air dam below the front bumper. If it is loose it will push down in the airstream while the car is moving and rub on the ground.

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Is something like the wheel well liner rubbing the tire(airflow pushing it into tire)?

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