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4X4, GRINDING NOISE - AXLE SHAFT, WHEEL BEARINGS, CV JOINT?

2004 Ford Escape • 6 cylinder 4WD Automatic • 145,000 miles

I have a 2004 Ford Escape XLT 4x4. I have been experiencing a grinding noise while driving, pretty much at any speed, and I believe it increases with speed. How can I tell if it is the wheel bearings, vs. The cv joint, vs. The axle shaft, vs. Anything else? Admittedly, I am ignorant when it comes to this, and do not want to be taken for a ride when I go to the mechanic (I am a female).
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2004FordEscape
August 10, 2011.



Worn brake pads is more likely. A noisy wheel bearing will sound like an airplane engine. The axle shafts and cv joints won't make a grinding noise.

Caradiodoc
Aug 10, 2011.