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Wheel bearing problem?

2000 Toyota RAV4, AWD, automatic, 136,000 miles, well maintained. Front brakes replaced last week: rotor, pads, right front caliper. After driving for 37 miles at highway speeds, when I travel down hill and use the brakes (no ABS), after releasing the brakes, I hear a metallic noise in the right front wheel area. Mild if driving straight, worse when turning left, absent when turning right. We thought the new caliper would fix it. Not.

Try this. Raise that tire off the ground, and then grab the tire at the 6:00 and 12:00 oclock positions. Now try rocking the top and bottom of the tire in and out. There should be no play. If there is, it’s the wheel bearing.

But understand, this test doesn’t always reveal a bad wheel bearing. Sometimes there’s no play in the tire, but the bearing is still bad.


that also tests the ball joint (on that particular ride)