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How can I tell if a wheel bearing is going bad.

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Wheel bearings in the front or back will howl when going bad, and might even click and clack when going over bumps.

One can jack up the car and move the wheel in the 9 and 3 o'clock positions and the 12 o'clock and 6 o'clock positions to see if there is excessive movement of 1/4" or more.

Also, if a hub wheel bearing is bad, and the ABS light goes on for it, then sometimes the whole hub assembly must be replaced on the wheel affected to get ABS Braking back.

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