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I hear a grinding noise from the front drivers side wheel after I let off the brake on my 2001 vw jetta. Could this be a bad bearing or cv half axle?

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Pull the wheel off and inspect the brake pads and also rotate the hub. If a grinding noise is heard loadly the pads are worn. If the noise is low and internal it will be the wheel bearing. The CV joint makes clicking noises upon turning corners while driving if worn

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You are probably down to the wear sensors on the brakes and the pads need replacing. Also, look at the rotor to see if the wear is really rough. It should be smooth, but if it has divots then you could be down to the metal in the pads and now need rotors too.

Sometimes it's as simple as the dust shield touching the rotor, and you just have to bend it out of the way, but unlikely unless it was recently worked on.

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