I need some help diagnosing what seems to be a wheel bearing issue. When driving I get this progressively louder “roar”. It’s “give you a headache loud” at higher speeds. I was pretty much convinced it was the back right bearing by listening but I was wrong. The sound is still there after replacing that whole hub assembly. Listening deeper, it makes a steady grinding type of noise on top of the roar when I turn left. When I slightly jerk to the right it goes away altogether for a moment. This noise happens at both low and high speeds. It still sounds like it is coming from the rear but its not more in stereo so deceptive I assume. Since it grinds when turning I assume its a front wheel. I also get varying levels of vibration in the steering wheel at times. I would call the vibration calm to moderate. I now feel it is one of the front wheels due to the grinding when turning. The sound seems like it could be coming from any wheel. It’s more in stereo vs squeaky brake pad or something that’s easier to pinpoint. I jacked up both front wheels and tried the wiggle test without much movement noticed on either. I had tried the back left previously as well. With it grinding while turning left, I assume it’s the right but I would like to feel more confident before throwing good money after another bearing without a higher confidence level.
Could it be something else? I first thought bad tires and that was a wasteful mess. The noise started after getting new tires a few weeks ago. When I left the shop it was noticed blocks down the road. I took it back for a rebalance and everything checked out fine and balanced. I then drove those tires for a week or so and couldn’t stand the noise. Some reviews I later read said those passenger tires sounded worse than mud tires down the road so I had them replaced with a completely different brand and model with no improvement so now it seems like a mechanical issue. I haven’t taken this second set back for a rebalance. The occasional vibration in the steering wheel seems much worse in frequency and intensity but since it isn’t 100% constant or consistent I don’t think its a balance issue. I’ve considered a possible suspension issue but not sure on that either. Could something have been damaged when the first set of tires were replaced? The sound wasn’t noticeable before the new tires.
Any help or insight would be greatly appreciated.