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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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