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Old 05-03-2009, 01:16 PM
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Great write up and timely for me as I just noticed the grinding noise in the left rear today.
125,000 Miles
However, I found another thread that made me question if the issue could be the swing arm ball joints. (see this thread ). While this thread makes me second guess wheel bearing because the symptoms sound the same, I still tend to believe wheel bearing is my issue.

Does this sound like wheel bearing to you:
metal grinding noise (left rear corner) only when moving
Sound is steady when moving strait, stronger with left turns and non-existant with right turns
I jacked up the lft rear corner and spin the wheel by hand and can clearly hear the grinding and wheel turns with some difficulty.
no squeek/sound when getting in and out.

Agree that this is wheel bearing? I just want to make sure before I throw parts at it.

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