Wheel Bearing Failing? on 1998 Toyota Corolla

Front wheel squeak when tires rotate, no change with braking or turning. How to tell left or right problem? How to tell if wheel bearing? Can a DIY with little auto repair skills do the job?

by in Sacramento, CA on February 27, 2011
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ANSWER by on February 27, 2011
Wheel bearings usually make more of a howling sound that will change with wheel speed. One way to tell which side it's coming from; drive at a steady speed (20-30 mph) with the noise happening and do wide sweeping turns left and right and listen for a change in pitch and speed in the noise. If the noise is louder/faster when sweeping right, the left bearing is suspect and vice versa. These bearings require special tools to press the bearing out of the spindle and are probably best left to a professional with the proper skills and tools. However, your "squeak" doesn't sound like a bearing, at least how you describe it. It may be best to get it checked out to save yourself from replacing parts that aren't needed.
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