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Grinding sound from the the front tire

Even after installing new brake pads, there's a grinding sound from the front tire, driver side. Could it be bearings inside the rotor?

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You could very well have a wheel bearing inside the hub assembly that is going bad. Usually they will make a rumbling/growling type of noise that increases with speed and may be worse when taking sweeping curves at highway speeds. Sometimes there will be play in the bearings which can be detected by raising the the wheel a few inches above the floor and attempting to rock the top of the tire in and out. If it moves a bit then usually the bearing is to blame BUT the bearings can also be bad and not have any free play in them so it's not a perfect test. Often times I have to get the vehicle up on a hoist so I can spin the tire by hand while listening for the noise to be able to pinpoint the source as often it can be difficult to find the exact cause. If you can't find the cause I would have a shop check this out as it could very well be a safety hazard if you have a wheel bearing fail while driving at highway speeds. Good luck, hope this helps a bit!

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