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I'm hearing a sound coming from my right front wheel. It sounds like a loose rattling and it gets quite loud if i'm going over bumpy or uneven surfaces. I can feel a wobble through both my break pedal and steering when I break down. The sound turns into a loud (metalic) click that coincides with the wobble when breaking. It can get quite violent. What might be causing this?

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YOU HAVE A DEFECTIVE WHEEL BEARING AND HUB ASSEMBLY, REPLACE IT.

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