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Recently started noticing that something is not right at our front passenger wheel when the car starts to get over 40mph. Feels like a vibration or something may be loose. Today had the tires rotated and balanced - and that actually made it a little worse. Tires are all good. Put car up on jack and tried to push/pull wheel from bottom to see if there was any movement, but it did not seem to move. It does need new front brakes which will go on in about a week. What would the most likely culprit be to look for that would produce this symptom? Tks.
 

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Probably wheeel bearing. Usually the rear's cause problem. Fronts can fail also
 

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tried to push/pull wheel from bottom
Very rare to feel any movement from that test.

I have found a great way to check bearings is to find some S bends and by traveling at a reasonable pace the weighted side can make the noise change if the bearing is at fault. Most often it gets louder - but - in the case of my son's SH which had a bad left-front bearing the noise stayed the same when weighted but disappeared when unweighted.
 

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There are no sounds coming from the wheel - just a subtle but noticeable vibration from the passenger front wheel once certain speeds are reached. We did replace the rear bearings last year.
 
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