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This is a discussion on Shot wheel bearing or something else?? within the General Maintenance, Troubleshooting & Accidents. forums, part of the Tech & Modifying & General Repairs category; So i slid into a curb the other day hitting fairly hard (3-5mph) on the right front wheel. It scraped ...

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    Shot wheel bearing or something else??

    So i slid into a curb the other day hitting fairly hard (3-5mph) on the right front wheel. It scraped the wheel pretty bad but didnt break it or cause the tire to lose air. Now when driving it make a humming noise from that corner of the car. Also when backing up then breaking there is sometimes a grinding noise. My first thought was a shot wheel bearing but when i jacked the car up and checked for movement from the top and bottom of the wheel there was none. So my question is how can i know for sure if its the bearing? And if its not the bearing what else could it be? I will be doing my break pads tonight or tomorow so if there is something to look for while im there i can look.

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    To check a wheel bearing, grasp the tire at the 12 and 6 o'clock positions and attempt to rock the tire. If you feel any play, the bearings are loose and need to be replaced. Also, rotate the tire by hand. Any roughness or noise from the bearings would also tell you the bearings are worn or damaged and need to be replaced.

    On some cars with ABS ( i dont know if it is true with subaru or not) The ABS will usually throw a code because the wheel speed sensor will read erratically due to worn bearings.

    You may have knocked something around on your brakes causing the rubbing sound, IE your ebrake just a guess though. You would probably have wack the heck out of the car to kill a bearing..

    I forget where I read it but I think the average life span of a wheel bearing is 85-110k... that may be very wrong though..
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    Quote Originally Posted by Poohbear View Post
    To check a wheel bearing, grasp the tire at the 12 and 6 o'clock positions and attempt to rock the tire. If you feel any play, the bearings are loose and need to be replaced. Also, rotate the tire by hand. Any roughness or noise from the bearings would also tell you the bearings are worn or damaged and need to be replaced.

    On some cars with ABS ( i dont know if it is true with subaru or not) The ABS will usually throw a code because the wheel speed sensor will read erratically due to worn bearings.

    You may have knocked something around on your brakes causing the rubbing sound, IE your ebrake just a guess though. You would probably have wack the heck out of the car to kill a bearing..

    I forget where I read it but I think the average life span of a wheel bearing is 85-110k... that may be very wrong though..
    i tried rocking the wheel and it didnt seem to have any play. This bearing only has a few thousand miles on it (i had to replace it when i bought the car from the same type of thing). I'll try moving it again tomorow and try rotating it to check for grinding. Thanks for your help

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    check other parts in association to that side you hit brakes and what not... Make sure everything is true and the wheel is knocked off center and rubbing on something now..
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    Is your alignment jacked up?

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