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Grinding noise on drivers side rear axle bearing

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Remove the wheel and check the brake shoes/pads and the drum/rotor. If they are both fine, then you'll have to remove the axle and check the bearing. To do this, remove the retaining bolts on the plate just underneath the end of the axle where the tires mounts. You may need a slide hammer or axle puller to get the axle out, especially if the bearing has deteriated substantially. Once you get the axle out you'll have to take it to a parts store or machine shop and have the old one pressed off and the new one pressed on.Driving them off or on with a hammer can damage the axle where the bearing seats or the new bearing. If the bearing has seized, check to make sure it hasn't damaged or scored the bearing seat inside the rear end housing.

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