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Rear wheel noise, sounds like bearing problem.

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If it is an older car, the bearings could be suspect. Another area you might check is the rear brakes. If the rear brakes are "drum" brakes, its possible one of the shoes could be dragging against the inside of the drum. If they are disk brakes, ensure all retainers are in place....that is....a "wire bail" type arrangement that hold the pads off of the rotor when the brakes are not applied. If your not sure where certain parts should be located, you might try looking at the opposite wheel to see what is in place. Now, to check the bearing ( on the rear wheels) Pull the tire off, pop off the cap (dust cover) from the center hub. You will see a castle nut with a cotter pin running through it. Sraighten the cotter pin with a pair of needle-nose pliers. Pull the pin out. remove the retainer cover off the nut. break the nut loose ( usually a 1 1/8- to 11/4 inch....metric is around 28-34 MM) socket. You'll need a half inch ratchet or breaker bar.....and usually with a cheater bar in addition to that. Once the nut is off, remove the washer behind that (sometimes at this point the bearing will simply fall out) sometimes it needs a little rap with a hammer. Upon inspection, bearing should be packed full of axle grease. You'll know, because it some very gooey stuff. In any case, wipe off grease and dirt from bearing. Inspect by holding the inside race (inner ring) by sticking two or three fingers through the center. Now spin the outside part of the bearing. It should feel very smooth as it rotates. If its rough, or loose internally (wobbly) its probably bad. Keep in mind....bearings don't wear out....they just run out grease. If its damaged, its because it wasn't serviced in time. If it looks ok, repack the bearing. Do this by putting a wad of grease in the palm of your hand. With the other hand, take the bearing...widest side of the bearing and push it into the palm of your hand, forcing grease into the inside. rotate around and around as you force grease into it until it is fully packed (no more grease will go in). Installation is the reverse of the removal. Be sure the bearing, spindle, and all parts are completely dirt free before going back together. You might soak the bearing in brake cleaner before re-greasing. Do not handle parts cleaner without rubber gloves and eye protection. It is very easy to splash cleaner into your eyes (trust me). Good luck....


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Most noise from the wheels is either caused by brakes going bad or ' yes ' bearing issues. if the sound is loud and grindy sounding while moving, this is most likely the bearing. if you only notice the sound when you are braking, chances are the problem is the brakes. if you stop by your local brake shop - they sometimes offer a free brake inspection ( in hopes of your business ) -- they will be able to verify the trouble as brakes or bearings.
hope for brake issues as this will be the less expensive of the two to fix.
if it does turn out to be the bearings I would suggest taking your car to a Subaru mechanic ( not the dealer ),, a mechanice that specializes in Subarus will have all the parts needed to make this repair fast. also, it is a good idea to replace both right and left bearings at the same time -- the thought being that if one is bad there is a chance that the other one is not far behind.
hopefully there has not been much damage to the bearing housing or axle as this can start to get expensive -- again, someone that specializes in Subaru repair might also have a supply of quality used axles to replace a bad one.
good luck and Happy New Year,


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At that mileage it could be, and most likely is given your description of the noise. I assume it reduces in volume as you slow down. If you can find a quite piece of road drive up to where the noise is apparent and lightly swerve from left to right. (Don't roll the car!! ) If the noise reduces as you swerve left then its the left bearing. If its when you swerve right that the noise reduces its the right bearing. If its both the only way is to jack the rear up and spin the wheels as fast as you can and listen. If there's a hint of a rumble from it, its that bearing or both. It should be completely quite apart from the slight hiss as the shoes rub on the drum.
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Hey First thing I always look for is cheapest thing to repair or look at .. Make sure your tires are not cupping .. or make sure they are wearing good and smoothe all the way around .. this can make a terrible noise if they are cupped or worn improperly.. then I would Jack up one side and shake the rear wheels make sure those bearings are tight feeling .. you should be able to tell if they are loose this way ... I dont know how many miles are on your van but usually the drive line is not the problem.. this is probably last thing you need need to shake and see if there is play in it.. Holler if you need more and thanks Jerry

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SOURCE: Noise from rear wheel area that sounds like bearing noise.

Might want to check your camber adjustments and look into shocks and struts. They could all be worn out but prolly the camber is off causing abnormal road noise and abnormal tire wear

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