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I have replaced the front passenger side wheel hub assembly 2x in the past year, on my "98 explorer, AWD, 5.0. The noise coming from the front end quiets or goes away when turning right. stays the same when turning left. The noise was reduced, but still there after the fist change and has not changed at all after 2nd new hub assembly. Is there something else that would make the same noise as a bad wheel bearing?

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  • etarrant Mar 13, 2011

    Another bearing? Tool holder?

  • etarrant Mar 13, 2011

    The sound, a humming noise that gets louder at higher speeds and quieter, or disappears entirely when turning to the right, is distinctly coming from the front, passenger side. My wife's vehicle, an '02 Envoy had a similar issue on the drivers side.(humming went away when turning left) I replaced the wheel hub assembly, problem solved. This is not the case w/ my Explorer.

  • etarrant Mar 17, 2011

    I'll be damned...it was the other side. I guess that will teach me. Thank you.

  • etarrant Mar 17, 2011

    was actually the opposite side bearing. Goes against everything I ever learned from my shade-tree days. Tremendous help. Thank you.

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It is most likely a bad wheel bearing, but it maybe the other side, some times the noise will carry threw the front end and make you think is the other side, we have a rule in my shop we never replace one wheel bearing we alwise replace both bearing on the end we are working on if the customer does not want that then we send them to another shop, the reason we do this is for just the thing you have going on it just saves allot of problems, and we never use cheep hubs, never use auto-zone or advanced or O'rileys, we had to warranty 12 hubs from auto zone in one year, i have never had to warranty a napa hub in 25 years, it just does not pay to save a few dollars. and all though it most likely is a wheel bearing there is a small chance it might be a carrier bearing in the front differential it would also go away when going around a corner but if you remove the wheel bearing and turn them by hand you can feal if the bearing has a bad spot. if the bearings feal good then pull the front differential.....GOOD LUCK

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    john nail Mar 17, 2011

    your welcome...thanks for using fixya

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    Diether Masing Mar 13, 2011

    Problem could be another wheel bearing, or the tool holder. it is very dificult to determine what will go through the wheel bearing. as the sound and vibration is passed along to the car body.

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    Diether Masing Mar 13, 2011

    yes another wheel bearing or shaft bearngs.

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