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It sounds like somethhing is grinding when going down the road, and gets worse when i make a curve in the road. Also when i come to a stop my anti lock brakes kick in on a dry road. What could this be?

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Sounds like you have a wheel bearing starting to go bad. If it gets worse when you turn left than the right side is usually bad. If it gets worse when turning right than the left is usually bad. Sometimes you can jack up the vehicle and spin the wheels by hand and hear/feel the bad wheel bearing. Also sometimes you can grab the tire at the 12 and 6 position and push/pull and feel the tire move. Another indication that the wheel bearing is bad.

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Your description indicates that you have a wheel bearing hub assembly that is bad. If you are able to jack the front of the vehicle up and put it on jack stands. Shake the tires up and down and you may find which wheel bearing is loose.

Posted on Nov 07, 2010

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    Jonathan S Nov 07, 2010

    Just wanted to note that airjer995 is spot on as well.

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Sounds like the CV Joints look and see if the rubber boots are cracked/torn on the axles. Hope this helped Tim

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    Jeremy W. Nov 07, 2010

    CV joints usually make a clicking noise and since this is primarily a rear wheel drive vehicle the front CV joints would not make noise unless the 4 wheel drive was engaged. If is more common to hear a clicking joint in a front wheel drive vehicle.

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HI! Please have the brake pads checked. They are surely worn which can cause metal to metal contact to the disc brakes. Once the pads are replaced you'll be good. HOpe this helps and thank you for using FIxYa!

Posted on Nov 07, 2010

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    Jeremy W. Nov 07, 2010

    They did not mention that the noise occurs when stepping on the brake pedal. The noise happens when driving down the road and turning. I Know worn out brakes can cause similar symptoms but then you you think they would have said it gets worse when I step on the brake indicating the brake material has worn away completely and there is metal to metal contact causing the grinding noise or the noise goes away when applying the brakes indicating a low pad indicator may be rubbing on the rotor. This could also come and go as you make turns but would more commonly be described as a high pitched squeal, not a grinding noise. Lastly, worn out brake pads will not cause an abs light to come on on this vehicle. The grinding noise along with the ABS light points towards a bad wheel bearing more than anything else.

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