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im sorry for double posting this, i accidentley posted to the wrong forum. so here goes...

hello, im not sure if this is the right place to post this but here goes. i have a 2004 mazda3 and when i turn the wheels theres a clicking or rubbing noise and the faster i go the louder the tire noise is. i too it to the shop and they told me that i need new driver side wheel bearings. i pretty much figured that was my problem but they told me that to fix it that they will need to replace my axle for the cost of $190. my question is ,is that right? i had to replace wheel bearings before that didnt need the axle replaced, but this is a newer car and i just don know. i dont want to be cheated and i really want the problem fixed, so if anyone could help me then id be greatfull.thank you
 

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well i went to pepboys and they could not hear the front end noise at all,they drove around with me in the car for a while and neither of us heard it. it doesnt happen all of the time.they said nothing at all is wrong with the front end .i did get 4 new tires and that stopped all of the road noise. they put on new rear shocks/struts for the back end noise but its still there but might be due to something moving around in my dirty car.and they did a alignment .so far so good but it doesnt make sence, so ill let you know in a couple of days if the front end noise is really gone,also gonna clean out car and make sure there isntnt something hitting the inside of the back of the car.

it costed almost 800 dollars so i hope its fixed. oh yeah, abut the cv joint,they said that it was ok
 

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Take your car jack up one wheel at a time high enough to get hands under the tires grab the tire at the 12 and 6 position and shake while shaking listen or clicking if you get any movement back and forth (lateral) movement of the wheel aka towards or away from the car while doing this the bearing is bad. do this at 12 and 6 and 9 and 3 positions on each wheel if none have any movement the bearings may not be the issue. check the cv axle boots for tears or grease external to the boots. does the sound happen at all speeds when turning or mostly at low speeds and low speed hard turns one direction? or does it not matter direction angle etc of turn? that will help us diagnose this.

good explanation on bad wheel bearings

check a ball joint

check cv axles:
 
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