Front end Noise Need help!

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    Isaiah13 TYF Newbie

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    I have a 08 Tahoe lt, 4x4 has 116k miles on it. I am having a front end noise and grinding noise. So when I drive it and get to about 30mph there is a real noticeable squeaking noise coming from the front end, if you turn the wheel just a little to the right it goes away, turn it the left and hold the wheel straight noise comes back, after you drive it a little ways and slow back down around 20-30mph and turn left it makes a very very loud grinding noise like something is trying to lock up like a metal metal grinding. Go to a higher speed it goes back to the squeaking noise. It has brand new universal joints in it so I know it’s not that. I was thinking a wheel bearing or cv joint possibly. Any help is much appreciated. Thanks!
     
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    jack up the front wheels off the ground, give them a spin and listen for noise, also grab the wheel at 12 & 6 and see if it wiggles at all it should be tight, 3 & 9 will have a little play because of the steering. that should tell you if it is wheel bearing/s or not, if that is not the issue then take a close look at your brake pads and maybe even the front axles if it is a 4wd
     
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    check for rocks/debris between backing plate and brake rotor. have you been offroad,gravel road,mud recently?
     
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    I drive in gravel everyday not off road much though. I will check that and see.
     
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    found the problem it’s a drivers side wheel bearing and hub, has all kinds of play when you check it at 12 and 6
     
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    That's what I was thinkin'. Timken SP500301.

    35mm socket for the spindle nut, supposed to replace it but many don't. Torque to 177 ft lbs.

    Can't remember the others but I did make a post or two about all the socket and wrench sizes and torque specs to replace them.
     
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    Better change them both, I did one side and the other got noticeably loud and ugly sounding
     
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    I agree. If ones that far gone the other won’t be far behind. Plus you’ll have all the tools out.
     
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    I recently noticed a terrible noise from my front end as well. Dropped off my wife and she told me it sounded pretty bad even when I was driving away.
    I got home and jacked it up, didn't have any play from 12 and 6 on either side. Though I did spin them, drivers spun freely while the passenger side only made a couple of revolutions going very slow.

    Sound like a hub/bearing issue?

    Also, are the hubs the same from 2wd to 4wd?

    Thanks
     
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    Possibly brakes grabbing as well.
     
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