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2004 Saturn VUE AWD V6 has a harsh grinding sound in front wheels

2004 Saturn VUE AWD V6 has an extremely loud and harsh grinding sound like brake pads that are completely worn out. Very inconsistent about when it acts up like this. Pads, rotors, and hardware were replaced barely 6 months ago! Upon inspection, the new brakes and rotors are in perfect shape! No uneven wear on pads, no gouging on rotors, no evidence of a sticking caliper...what else would make the front wheels sound like a serious case of metal gouging metal like when pads are completely worn out and gone?

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Have you checked your wheel bearings? When these go out you can get a harsh grinding noise. This sounds like that is what it might be. Does it happen when you are going fast/slow turning/going straight? I know you said it's inconsistent but the more info the better. However, if I had to bet, based on what you have already said, it's your wheel bearings. Let me know if you have further questions. Thanks for using FixYa!

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