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I have a 2006 Chevy Tahoe 2wd. When I drive in it makes a grinding noise from the front axle. I replaced the brakes and both hubs and the noise is still there. I checked the brakes for uneven brake wear to see if the caliper was sticking and they look to have normal wear on them. Any ideas of what else it could be?

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Could be a wheel bearing. jack up the front end and secure with a jack stand or two. grab the tire at 12 o clock and 6 o clock and see if you get movement. also since it is 2 wheel drive the tire should be easy to spin. While it is jacked up spin it as fast as you can and see if you hear the noise. Some shops have a little motor with a wheel that they do this with. Hope these help.

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