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Growling noise comming from back of car.I thought it might be bearings but when I removed the wheels I could not feel any play in the hub or gritty rotation.

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Usually when people use the word "growl" it is a bearing problem. Try spinning each side with the tires still on so you have some weight on it. Also bearing will often change in volume when you do lane changes. However, the very first thing you should do is check the gear oil level in the differential.

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