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Old 09-03-2010, 05:58 AM
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Front End Rattle and Squeal

Need some help before this holiday weekend. I noticed two days ago after locking my hubs and putting my truck in 4 wheel drive low to back a trailer up a steep hill.

Sounds fine when sitting still.

When going above 15mph I start hearing a "rattle" like a baby rattle on/off randomly but frequently. Does this up till 55 about until I can't hear it any more or it goes away.

I have also noticed that when taking a right turn between 15 and 40mph can hear a squeal. I believe this is all coming from the drivers front tire.

I don't see any fluids leaking or anything broken.

Any help? My truck just rolled over 300,000 and is my daily driver. I also have the warn manual hubs.

Thank you for any help!
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Old 09-03-2010, 07:38 AM
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is this a wheel bearing going?
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Old 09-03-2010, 11:17 AM
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You wouldn't hear a "rattling" noise from a bearing, my guess would be swaybar links.

Could the squeal you hear be from the tire itself? Low pressure or bad alignment could cause that.
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do yourself a favor, and jack up the front end and play with the wheel to see if you have any movement, you'll need a second person to help, because the difference between bad lower ball joint, and a wheel bearing is a couple hundred bucks, make sure whats what before you spend the money
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