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Droning noise coming from rear of car

Jacked car and no bearing play .when driving the noise is less when turning steering slightly left

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Sounds like a wheel bearing. The hardness fails and causes a deterioration in one spot, typically of the stationary race, and may not exhibit any looseness for some time....

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