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Recently my 97 chevy's front passenger wheel sounds like it needs breaks but its not the breaks or the rotors but it sounds horrible when i am driving and when i break but it doesnt do it all of the time when i break but its more constant when i drive. help me please figure this out

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The hub bearing will do this.You should take care of it before if causes you more than noise

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If you did your own wheel bearings or had them done, the noise could be from the packing of the bearing, might not have been packed right with proper grease, or the housing around inside where wheel bearing goes could be worn out. Now, before we go there, first have your breaks checked out, sometimes the noise comes from the rotors, as if break rotors are worn or warped will sound like a wheel bearing. Even if you pads are goods, rotors can be worn or warped and cause this same similar sound. If breaks and rotors check out ok, then wheel barring housing might need to be fixed, they have have sleeves they can put in housing to help this, with out have housing bored out or replaced. I hope this helps some. Best to have this checked out like at Les swab who deals with breaks and rotors and bearings. And they are knowledgeable . I hope this helps turn you to the right direction. Mike

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2.Check the outer wheel bearing and bearing race also. The inner bearing receives the most wear, but cleaning, and inspection of both bearings, and races is a standard procedure.

3.Observe the area on the spindle where the grease seal contacts. Insure that the spindle area is of good repair, and no scoring is evident.

The Black residue that you observe is grease mixed with brake dust.

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Then the dust cap is removed, cotter pin, and spindle nut. Ease the brake rotor out, be ready to catch the outer bearing. Remove the brake rotor.

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After replacing my rotors 2 times, and my break pads, and caliper once. It still wasn't fixed.
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i finally got the wheel barings fixed, havent had a problem since.

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