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Mevotech
2000 Saturn SC1 Wheel Bearing - Front Mevotech

P311-4FAE9C6    H510024  New

WB510024 , FW168 , 18018861 , 21011953 , 510024 , 510024E , 412.62001E , PFW168 , HB510024 , PT510024 , WH510024 , WE61446 , 412.62001 , 102554 , 295-10024

Qty:
22.91
Mevotech Wheel Bearing  Front
  • Wheel Bearing
  • Product Attributes:
    • ABS Sensor: Non Integral
    • Design Type: Gen 1
    • Pre Greased: Yes
    • Width: 2.68
  • Suggested Purchase Quantity: 2
    • Most jobs typically require 2 of this item.
Brand: Mevotech
Position: Front
Additional Fitment Information:
Vehicle Position
2000 - Saturn SC1 Front
Centric
2000 Saturn LS1 Wheel Bearing - Front Centric - C-TEK Bearings

P311-1DF9BEF    412.90004E  New

Qty:
20.61
Centric Wheel Bearing  Front
  • C-Tek Standard Double Row Wheel Bearing
  • 100% O.E. Quality Components. Exacting Fit and Function. Complete cataloging; featuring the latest applications and covering from 1940 to 2017
  • C-TEK Bearings
  • Product Attributes:
    • Attribute ID (Type): California Proposition 65
  • C-Tek Standard Ball Bearings (Double Row) - Deep groove construction capable of handling radial and axial loads. Higer Load Capacity. Outer spherical race compensates potential misalignments. Widest range of wheel hubs and bearings in the market.
  • Suggested Purchase Quantity: 2
    • Most jobs typically require 2 of this item.
Brand: Centric
Position: Front
Additional Fitment Information:
Vehicle Position
2000 - Saturn LS1 Front
Centric
1997 Saturn SC1 Wheel Bearing - Front Centric - C-TEK Bearings

P311-5D9251A    412.62001E  New

Qty:
17.04
Centric Wheel Bearing  Front
  • C-Tek Standard Double Row Wheel Bearing
  • ; Bearing Only
  • 100% O.E. Quality Components. Exacting Fit and Function. Complete cataloging; featuring the latest applications and covering from 1940 to 2017
  • C-TEK Bearings
  • Product Attributes:
    • Attribute ID (Type): California Proposition 65
  • C-Tek Standard Ball Bearings (Double Row) - Deep groove construction capable of handling radial and axial loads. Higer Load Capacity. Outer spherical race compensates potential misalignments. Widest range of wheel hubs and bearings in the market.
  • Suggested Purchase Quantity: 2
    • Most jobs typically require 2 of this item.
Brand: Centric
Position: Front
Additional Fitment Information:
Vehicle Position
1997 - Saturn SC1 Front
FAG
2002 Saturn LW200 Wheel Bearing - Front FAG

P311-52BDB21    579557  New

FW180 , 579557 , 510052

Qty:
25.82
FAG Wheel Bearing  Front
  • Wheel Bearing Gen 1
  • ; FAG Global Number 579557
  • Product Attributes:
    • Bearing Inside Diameter:
      • 1.875
      • 47.625
    • Height:
      • 1.535
      • 39
    • Inside Diameter:
      • 1.535
      • 39
    • Outside Diameter:
      • 2.913
      • 74
  • Wheel bearings of the 1st Generation are compact bearing units, manufactured with a defined and preset bearing clearance, for-life lubrication (no maintenance) and sealing. First generation wheel bearings are used on many applications due to their compact and rugged design, featuring lifetime sealing and lubrication. We have developed angular contact ball bearings for both front and rear wheels, ensuring optimum performance in the most demanding situations.
Brand: FAG
Position: Front
Additional Fitment Information:
Vehicle Position
2002 - Saturn LW200 Front
FAG
2004 Saturn L300 Wheel Bearing - Front FAG

P311-52BDB21    579557  New

FW180 , 579557 , 510052

Qty:
25.82
FAG Wheel Bearing  Front
  • Wheel Bearing Gen 1
  • ; FAG Global Number 579557
  • Product Attributes:
    • Bearing Inside Diameter:
      • 1.875
      • 47.625
    • Height:
      • 1.535
      • 39
    • Inside Diameter:
      • 1.535
      • 39
    • Outside Diameter:
      • 2.913
      • 74
  • Wheel bearings of the 1st Generation are compact bearing units, manufactured with a defined and preset bearing clearance, for-life lubrication (no maintenance) and sealing. First generation wheel bearings are used on many applications due to their compact and rugged design, featuring lifetime sealing and lubrication. We have developed angular contact ball bearings for both front and rear wheels, ensuring optimum performance in the most demanding situations.
Brand: FAG
Position: Front
Additional Fitment Information:
Vehicle Position
2004 - Saturn L300 Front
MPA
2003 Saturn L200 Wheel Bearing - Front 4 Cyl 2.2L MPA

P311-4E24830    WH510052  New

Qty:
18.54
MPA Wheel Bearing  Front
  • WHEEL BEARING
  • ; Wheel Bearing Axle Nut Torque Spec: Tighten nut to 74-116 ft-lbs / 100-160Nm, loosen, tighten to 15 ft-lbs / 20 Nm and turn additional 90 degrees
  • Quality-Built Hubs & Bearings
  • Suggested Purchase Quantity: 2
    • Most jobs typically require 2 of this item.
Brand: MPA
Position: Front
Additional Fitment Information:
Vehicle Position Block Engine CID CC
2003 - Saturn L200 Front L 4 Cyl 2.2L 134 2198
MPA
1994 Saturn SC1 Wheel Bearing - Front 4 Cyl 1.9L MPA

P311-1D4723D    WH510024  New

Qty:
16.91
MPA Wheel Bearing  Front
  • WHEEL BEARING
  • ; Wheel Bearing Axle Nut Torque Spec: 148 ft-lbs / 200Nm
  • Quality-Built Hubs & Bearings
  • Suggested Purchase Quantity: 2
    • Most jobs typically require 2 of this item.
Brand: MPA
Position: Front
Additional Fitment Information:
Vehicle Position Block Engine CID CC
1994 - Saturn SC1 Front L 4 Cyl 1.9L 116 -
National Bearing
2002 Saturn L200 Wheel Bearing - Front National Bearing

P311-46ECFCE    510052  New

BAHB636096A , 94535253 , 051-4142 , 636096A , 21018786 , 1603196 , 94535259 , FW43 , 19244826 , RW20-29 , 4689923 , 19652 , 510052 , 45163-85Z02 , VKBA3543 , 04838 , 0328105 , VKBA3412 , FW180 , 90510542 , BAH-0043 , 94535982 , CR2308 , 45163-85Z01 , 90425658 , 4852 , QWB1117 , 328105 , F-554177 , CR2307 , WH510052 , 45163-85Z00 , C488 , 4242202 , VKBA3410 , 09267-39010 , 9227766

Qty:
45.26
National Bearing Wheel Bearing  Front
  • Wheel Bearing
  • National 510052 Wheel Bearing
  • Product Attributes:
    • Bore (Inch): 1.535
    • Bore (MM): 39.000
    • Design: Double Row Angular Contact
    • Footnote: Gen1
    • Inner Race Bore (Inch): 1.535
    • Inner Race Bore (MM): 39.000
    • Inner Race Radius (Inch): 0.150
    • Inner Race Radius (MM): 3.810
    • Inner Race Width (Inch): 1.535
    • Inner Race Width (MM): 39.000
    • Outer Race Outside Diameter (Inch): 2.913
    • Outer Race Outside Diameter (MM): 74.000
    • Outer Race Width (Inch): 1.535
    • Outer Race Width (MM): 39.000
    • Outside Diameter (Inch): 2.913
    • Outside Diameter (MM): 74.000
    • Part Description: Wheel Bearing
    • Series: Fwdb
    • Type: E-3
    • Width (Inch): 1.535
  • National® Oil Seals & Bearings offer a full line of premium oil seals and bearings.
  • Suggested Purchase Quantity: 2
    • Most jobs typically require 2 of this item.
Brand: National Bearing
Position: Front
Additional Fitment Information:
Vehicle Position
2002 - Saturn L200 Front
National Bearing
1992 Saturn SC Wheel Bearing - Front National Bearing

P311-5B83623    510024  New

18018861 , 21011098 , H510024 , RW811C , BAFB446930AB , WH510024 , 21011953 , 510024 , FW168

Qty:
42.49
National Bearing Wheel Bearing  Front
  • Wheel Bearing
  • National 510024 Wheel Bearing
  • Product Attributes:
    • Bore (Inch): 1.535
    • Bore (MM): 39.000
    • Design: Double Row Angular Contact
    • Footnote: Gen1
    • Inner Race Bore (Inch): 1.535
    • Inner Race Bore (MM): 39.000
    • Inner Race Radius (Inch): 0.150
    • Inner Race Radius (MM): 3.810
    • Inner Race Width (Inch): 1.457
    • Inner Race Width (MM): 37.000
    • Outer Race Outside Diameter (Inch): 2.677
    • Outer Race Outside Diameter (MM): 68.000
    • Outer Race Radius (Inch): 0.012
    • Outer Race Radius (MM): 0.300
    • Outer Race Width (Inch): 1.457
    • Outer Race Width (MM): 37.000
    • Outside Diameter (Inch): 2.677
    • Outside Diameter (MM): 68.000
    • Part Description: Wheel Bearing
    • Series: Fwdb
    • Type: E-3
    • Width (Inch): 1.457
  • National® Oil Seals & Bearings offer a full line of premium oil seals and bearings.
  • Suggested Purchase Quantity: 2
    • Most jobs typically require 2 of this item.
Brand: National Bearing
Position: Front
Additional Fitment Information:
Vehicle Position
1992 - Saturn SC Front
SKF
2000 Saturn LS2 Wheel Bearing - Front SKF

P311-305683F    FW180  New

Qty:
32.24
SKF Wheel Bearing  Front
  • Wheel Bearing
  • ; Sealed
  • SKF invented the first self-aligning Ball Bearing in 1907, and is now a market leader in Bearing Technologies. Ball Bearings rely on sphere-shaped elements arranged in rows to carry loads and conduct motion. They are ideally suited for applications requiring low frictional resistance or high speed capabilities. For more than 100 years, the world's engineers, technicians and mechanics have turned to SKF for the best possible solutions. SKF products are designed and manufactured to the highest quality standards, ensuring long life and safety.
  • Suggested Purchase Quantity: 2
    • Most jobs typically require 2 of this item.
Brand: SKF
Position: Front
Additional Fitment Information:
Vehicle Position
2000 - Saturn LS2 Front
SKF
1994 Saturn SW1 Wheel Bearing - Front SKF

P311-13C5B1C    FW168  New

Qty:
40.91
SKF Wheel Bearing  Front
  • Wheel Bearing
  • ; Sealed
  • SKF invented the first self-aligning Ball Bearing in 1907, and is now a market leader in Bearing Technologies. Ball Bearings rely on sphere-shaped elements arranged in rows to carry loads and conduct motion. They are ideally suited for applications requiring low frictional resistance or high speed capabilities. For more than 100 years, the world's engineers, technicians and mechanics have turned to SKF for the best possible solutions. SKF products are designed and manufactured to the highest quality standards, ensuring long life and safety.
  • Suggested Purchase Quantity: 2
    • Most jobs typically require 2 of this item.
Brand: SKF
Position: Front
Additional Fitment Information:
Vehicle Position
1994 - Saturn SW1 Front
Timken
2001 Saturn LW300 Wheel Bearing - Front Timken

P311-13D6F6D    510052  New

Qty:
57.82
Timken Wheel Bearing  Front
  • Preset, Pre-Greased And Pre-Sealed Double Row Ball Bearing Assembly
  • ; L Series
  • www.timkeninfo.com
  • Suggested Purchase Quantity: 2
    • Most jobs typically require 2 of this item.
Brand: Timken
Position: Front
Additional Fitment Information:
Vehicle Drive Type Position
2001 - Saturn LW300 FWD Front
Timken
1994 Saturn SW2 Wheel Bearing - Front Timken

P311-5A262BC    510024  New

Qty:
37.53
Timken Wheel Bearing  Front
  • Preset, Pre-Greased And Pre-Sealed Double Row Ball Bearing Assembly
  • www.timkeninfo.com
  • Suggested Purchase Quantity: 2
    • Most jobs typically require 2 of this item.
Brand: Timken
Position: Front
Additional Fitment Information:
Vehicle Drive Type Position
1994 - Saturn SW2 FWD Front
Timken
1992 Saturn SL1 Wheel Bearing - Front Timken

P311-5A262BC    510024  New

Qty:
37.53
Timken Wheel Bearing  Front
  • Preset, Pre-Greased And Pre-Sealed Double Row Ball Bearing Assembly
  • ; Optional
  • www.timkeninfo.com
  • Suggested Purchase Quantity: 2
    • Most jobs typically require 2 of this item.
Brand: Timken
Position: Front
Additional Fitment Information:
Vehicle Drive Type Position
1992 - Saturn SL1 FWD Front
WJB
2002 Saturn L300 Wheel Bearing - Front WJB

P311-3CF893B    WB510052  New

Qty:
17.57
WJB Wheel Bearing  Front
  • Suggested Purchase Quantity: 2
    • Most jobs typically require 2 of this item.
Brand: WJB
Position: Front
Additional Fitment Information:
Vehicle Position
2002 - Saturn L300 Front
WJB
1991 Saturn SC Wheel Bearing - Front WJB

P311-14F2ED9    WB510024  New

Qty:
15.31
WJB Wheel Bearing  Front
  • Suggested Purchase Quantity: 2
    • Most jobs typically require 2 of this item.
Brand: WJB
Position: Front
Additional Fitment Information:
Vehicle Position
1991 - Saturn SC Front
GMB
1994 Saturn SC1 Wheel Bearing GMB - with Hub

P311-3E59DA2    W0133-1955696  New

Qty:
67.55
GMB Wheel Bearing
  • with Hub
Brand: GMB
Additional Fitment Information:
Vehicle
1994 - Saturn SC1
IAP Hub Assembly
2002 Saturn LW200 Wheel Bearing - Front IAP Hub Assembly

P311-4EC7883    295-10052  New

Qty:
17.67
IAP Hub Assembly Wheel Bearing  Front
  • Wheel Bearing Suzuki/Saturn/Saab 94-2008;Roller Bearing - Front
  • Suggested Purchase Quantity: 2
    • Most jobs typically require 2 of this item.
Brand: IAP Hub Assembly
Position: Front
Additional Fitment Information:
Vehicle Position
2002 - Saturn LW200 Front
IAP Hub Assembly
1995 Saturn SC2 Wheel Bearing - Front IAP Hub Assembly

P311-3C4DF37    295-10024  New

Qty:
14.48
IAP Hub Assembly Wheel Bearing  Front
  • Wheel Bearing Saturn 1991-02;Roller Bearing - Front
  • Suggested Purchase Quantity: 2
    • Most jobs typically require 2 of this item.
Brand: IAP Hub Assembly
Position: Front
Additional Fitment Information:
Vehicle Position
1995 - Saturn SC2 Front
ACDelco
1998 Saturn SL2 Wheel Bearing - Front ACDelco - Advantage; INCLUDES. With Hub Kit

P311-4F6F9EB    510024  New

Qty:
32.99
ACDelco Wheel Bearing  Front
  • Advantage; INCLUDES. With Hub Kit
Brand: ACDelco
Position: Front
Additional Fitment Information:
Vehicle Position
1998 - Saturn SL2 Front

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what would cause a 1990 saturn right side Drive Axle - Squeak/Squeal Noise?

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Question From justchecking on what would cause a 1990 saturn right side Drive Axle - Squeak/Squeal Noise?

It's really more of a low squeal. The wheel bearing has been replaced there is an axle support bearing and I suspect this. How much trouble is it to replace this bearing? I hung the car and spun the axle without the wheel but was unable to positively id the bearing. I removed the serpentine belt so I know it is not engine part ie alt. water pump

Response From Hammer Time Top Rated Answer

I seriously doubt that bearing is your problem. It's not load bearing and I have never seen one go bad. Look at some simple things like possibly the backing plate touching the rotor and maybe the warning sensors on the brakes.

Response From justchecking

I removed the pads and rotor and ran the car squeal still there. Any more suggestions???

Response From justchecking

I have replaced the wheel bearing.

96 Saturn SC2 wheel/drivetrain noise

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Question From jbfloyd on 96 Saturn SC2 wheel/drivetrain noise

Car Info:
1996 Saturn SC2
1.9 L Engine
144,000 miles

My car is making a sound that sounds as if it's coming from somewhere along the drivetrain or the wheel. I know it's relating to the wheel turning because it is a recurring sound that increases in frequency if I go faster and decreases if I go slower.

The history of the problem is as follows - I replaced both CV shafts and the sound went away, but it came back after about 100 miles of driving. Later, after I found grease flung all over the underside of the car and all over the replacement cv shaft on the passengers side, I assumed that the CV shaft I had put in was bad on the passengers side and replaced that one again. After I put the 2nd new cv shaft in, there was no change in the sound this time. I've looked around online and the only other possibility I come across is a bad wheel bearing - which wouldn't explain all the grease on the inner boot of my old CV shaft.

I've made a recording of the sound last time I drove my car. You can listen to it by clicking here. The sound is pretty apparent.

Anyone have any ideas?

Response From saturn tech Top Rated Answer

Good recording! Definatly a wheel bearing, if you turn one way and the noise is less, that is the side that is bad. You need a press to remove the bearing from the knuckle.

Response From Tom Greenleaf

Nice work! Hard to say but it's not the most typical bad bearing noise but they must be check along with brakes and tires. Bad bearing usually growl. I know it's hard but the sound was more like engine noise to me?

T

Saturn making noise by front right tire

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Question From IndyCarJunky on Saturn making noise by front right tire

I've noticed my car has been making a rubbing/vibrating noise coming out of the front right tire. There are several conditions that cause this from what I've observed.

1-Only happens when I turn left and go over bumps, so it seems it's only when that front right suspension moves up/down
2-Only happens when it's colder outside and it goes away after about 10-15 minutes of travel.

I've checked to see if something was rubbing against the tire but found nothing that could cause that. I had the wheel bearing checked out and it was bad so I went and had it replaced, but I took it out for a drive and it was still making that noise.

It's a 94 Saturn SC1

Any help would be appreciated. Thanks

Response From Tom Greenleaf

Did the new wheel bearing solve anything? A CV joint can make noise, usually on turns at first with some accelleration but usually starts as a crackling sound.

If so you generally get the entire half shaft which has both inner and outer CV joints and new boots which is the way to go if so, T

Response From IndyCarJunky Top Rated Answer

Changing the wheel bearing didnt get rid of the noise, though it was bad and needed to be changed.

However, after paying closer attention to the noise, I realized that the vibration/noise increase pitch as the engine revs up, NOT as the wheels spin faster, though I notice it more when the car is moving. That makes me believe that whatever is making the noise is not a rotating part.

Response From Tom Greenleaf

Arggh! Tough to say thru a keyboard but this is a rotating parts as that's about the only thing it could be. Trouble is there are tons of parts that rotate and can make noise in a vehicle.

Locating a noise can be difficult. It could be from the other side of the car and throw you all off as to where to look.

So far I would say this is a CV joint problem and the nasty of it is you have to take them out to really check them!! The half shaft that is.

They will make noise long before any vibrations so you might be able to just jockey it around and find it. Keep us posted. This won't heal on it's own, T

1991 saturn sl2 twin cam

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Question From Guest on 1991 saturn sl2 twin cam

Hi i have a 1991 saturn sl2 with the 1.9 liter, and i have noticed a grinding noise as i relase the clutch and begin to take off in 1st gear this continues untill about 35 mph and then smoothes out and it seems to be comming from the right front area, if anyone could tell me what might be causing this it would be greatly appriciated. j

Response From Tom Greenleaf Top Rated Answer

Wheel bearings can do that. You could also try rotating the tires and see if the noise follows the tire. A bad bearing will just get worse. If it's louder when steering on way or the other it leads to the bearing even more, T

Wierd Saturn Aura cyclical noise.

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Question From walkinman on Wierd Saturn Aura cyclical noise.

Hi. I'm new to the site, and have a brain teaser for someone out there. It's been driving me nuts; I've tried a few things and the problem persists.
The car is an 09 Saturn Aura with the 2.4 and an automatic. Lately I've been hearing a noise that I have not been able to track down. It sounds almost like overly aggressive tires or a loose flap on a tire. It might also kind of sound like a bad wheel bearing. It is definitely cyclical and increases in both volumn and frequency as the cars speed goes up. I can hear it going as slow as 30 mph, but can't hear it when the front end is jacked up and the tranny put in gear. I know I had a couple of warped rotors up front and thought the sound might have been a high spot on the rotor fouling the brake pad. New pads, (they weren't that bad), and new rotors and the sound persists. I had some play in the drivers side wheel and changed the lower control arm because of a bad ball joint. There is now no play in either front wheel when I try to shake them either vertically or horizontally. I have noticed however that after I put the new pads and rotors on , if I move the car slowly a few inches and step on the brake, I hear a kind of clunk noise; this is true if I move the vehicle forward or reverse. I thought maybe I might have a bad CV joint, but I don't hear any sort of clicking nor thumping noise on turns or curves. Additionally, the shafts seem nice and tight and there isn't any grease leaking out of them. I've never had a problem I couldn't figure out, but this one is baffling me. I'm hoping someone out there can help me out on this one; it's making me crazy, and I need to depend on the car to get to work each day, (85 miles each way on the interstate).

Response From Discretesignals

Really hard to diagnose noises over the internet. Maybe have a local reputable repair shop have a look. Sometimes four ears are better than two.

Response From walkinman

yeah, I know. The problem is that i don't have the money to have someone look at it. My wife has breast cancer and is in stage 4. there IS no money left. If you have ANY ideas, I'll check them out. Do you think it could be a bad output carrier?

Response From Discretesignals

Does the noise change or go away if you put the transmission into neutral? If you shut the engine off, does the noise stay? (be careful doing this of course).

Does the noise change or go away on different road surfaces? Does the noise change or go away as your making long turns at those speeds?

Sorry to read about your wife

Response From walkinman

the noise is only present if the vehicle is in gear and moving.. the faster I go the faster the noise is. If I go fast enough, the noise becomes almost a hum . thats the reason I initially thought it might be aggressive tires or bad tires. the new clunk sound I hear is almost reminiscent of a bad motor mount , but isn't. the noise is definitely rotational. that being said, and since there are only so many parts that actually rotate as the car is moving, I can eliminate the rotors , brake pads, ( I did use all new hardware), tires, (new,(3 weeks), wheel bearings, ( no play whatsoever). that just leaves the cv joints and the output carriers. I don't hear any change in the noise in either long slow curves nor sharp turns, neither is there any sort of clicking noise, so, I'm inclined to rule out the cv jionts. I have no idea what a bad output carrier might sound like, and so, I'm still out there scratching my head and grasping at straws.

Response From walkinman

ok. Here's where I am now, and maybe I got it figured out. The noise first becomes noticeable at 10 mph. At 40 mph I took my foot off the gas, shifted into neutral and freewheeled; the noise remained unchanged. Next I drove to a local empty parking lot, stopped, shifted into reverse, and accelerated. The noise was still present. Since there was no change in the noise while freewheeling or under load, nor in reverse, I kinda think it isn't the cv joints, nor anything else related to the trans.
Now since most of my driving is getting to and from work every day, and is between 70 and 85 mph, and since I just replaced the front rotors because they were badly warped, maybe I'm looking at the wrong end of the car. I tend to overlook the rear brakes since most of the braking comes out of the front end, but if the front rotors were badly warped, maybe the rear ones are as well. If the rear rotors have a "high spot" that fouls the brake pads on every revolution, that would account for the cyclical nature of the noise. It would also account for the increase in tempo as the vehicle's speed increases. It would account for the non-metallic character of the noise. It might just be that my perception that the noise is coming from the front end, is just an illusion. If I'm right, it should be easy enough to check; just jack up the rear end, pull the tires and spin the rotors; I should both see the rotor "wobble", and hear it fouling the pads.
By the way, that other noise, the "clunk" I mentioned earlier I figured out. It was nothing more than the new brake pads seating thoroughly. When I did the stuff in reverse in the parking lot I stepped down on the brakes pretty hard; haven't heard THAT noise since.

Response From Discretesignals Top Rated Answer

I don't ever recall hearing a cv axle make a humming noise. I really don't think checking for play in a wheel bearing is the only method for determining if a wheel bearing is bad. I've seen many wheel and hub bearings make noise and not have play.

Wheel bearing noise changes with the weight that is put on them, so if your driving at the speed of the noise and swerve the vehicle back and forth does the noise change? When you swerve you moving the weight of the vehicle to different wheels. Sometimes you can remove the wheels and the calipers and then rotate the hub flange and hear or feel the grinding of the bearing.

Response From Hammer Time

Someone trained needs to listen to that noise. Many shops will give it a listen for free and then you can decide what to do about it. The new clicking after replacing the pads may be the pads moving in their holder, usually from not replacing the clips and hardware.