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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 06-19-2009, 04:04 AM Thread Starter
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How does a guy tell if he has a wheel bearing going out? I got a ticking coming from the drivers side front which sounds like a bearing going, it gets worse when you are turning a corner, what do you guys think it may be?

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That sure sounds like a bearing. Check your lug nuts first though.

Also check to make sure you don't have a piece of metal clinking around inside the center cap.

Put your hand on the hub after driving around for a bit, and check to see if one side feels like it has a different temperature. Compare the fronts with the rears. A laser thermometer works well for this.

If one wheel is super hot, then the bearing is most likely gone.

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Jack up that side of the truck (get the wheel off the ground), and give the tire a shake. If its bad, it will have a bunch of play in it. The final sign of it going bad is the obvious grinding sound, which mine had.

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Most of the play will be an up and down play. It's easier to tell that way because of slight play in tie rods. 1/4" or so of play in the bearings means there bad.

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