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Wheel bearings?

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    Wheel bearings?

    My '84 Interceptor has a god-awful howling noise coming from the front end. It comes and goes with various speeds over ~15mph, and at highway speeds it goes away altogether. It's been around for a few years, but it's getting more and more common...and louder. Any way to confirm it's a wheel bearing before I pull the wheel? No wobbles or vibrations or anything fun like that. It's just fucking annoying.

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    Re: Wheel bearings?

    Lift the front end, spin the wheel, feel and listen...

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    Re: Wheel bearings?

    Yeah, I've done that. No noises and notchy-ness that I can feel. I'll just pull the wheel. I'm 99% sure it needs bearings.

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    Re: Wheel bearings?

    Sometimes the weight of the wheel will hide notchy bearings . So yes pull the wheel. Since you have your tools out not a bad idea to check the rear wheel while your at it.

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    Re: Wheel bearings?

    have you checked the CV joints

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    Re: Wheel bearings?

    Do the bearings no matter what, but also consider the wear on the front tire. I've had tires that howl louder and louder the older they get. Might be time to change it.

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    Re: Wheel bearings?

    Just get your finger in there

    If it feels notchy then they are toast

    You can get good bearings at local bearing house they are just

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    Re: Wheel bearings?

    Quote Originally Posted by Stromper View Post
    Just get your finger in there

    If it feels notchy then they are toast.
    We still talking about bearings?

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    Re: Wheel bearings?

    I have a bearing puller Kit, if needed.........

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    Re: Wheel bearings?

    How has Jimmy not had any input on this yet?

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    Re: Wheel bearings?

    Speedo gear! Imagine that...

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