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My rear driver side wheel was smoking. when i removed it i noticed the disk had grinded into the caliper. would that have anything to do with the bearing?0

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The brake pad apparently was just worn out and the metal on metal where the pad pushed grooves into the rotor will not cause the wheel bearing to fail although the heat from that mess is not good for the bearing grease. YOu should replace the rotor and install new brake pads.

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