Grinding and popping on the front end going straight down the road and also in Reverse but not turning from side to side

Tiny
MAJORPAIN
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  • 1998 DODGE CARAVAN
  • 3.3L
  • 6 CYL
  • TURBO
  • FWD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 219,455 MILES
It feels like it is binding up going down the road and in reverse. Took it to the shop with a tow truck and they could find nothing wrong with it. Drove it home and had no problems and parked in the garage. Next morning went to leave and it started binding up again and it works pretty hard with movement. Pulled tires off jacked it up and the tie rods have a little bit of play but they're still good. The shop that I took it to cannot find a problem with it
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Saturday, February 6th, 2016 AT 8:57 AM

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Tiny
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Check wheel bearings and maybe brakes or see if parking brake has been applied accidently and cable is stuck
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Saturday, February 6th, 2016 AT 10:15 AM
Tiny
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Thank you. I have no play in the tire so I did not think it was the wheel bearings. But it is only making the sound on the drivers side front. Brakes are 95% on front because I just redid them. I took it out to drive it again and it has a lo grinding sound continuously now. Might it be the CV joint. I've never heard them just grind but I've heard them click. It doesn't get any better or any worse when I'm backing up or going forward turning left or right in circles. Do I have to pull the wheel bearings out to check them. It is making the sound even in neutral coasting down the road. Thank you very much for your time I think I am going bald now because I'm ripping my hair out have a good night
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Saturday, February 6th, 2016 AT 3:57 PM
Tiny
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Wheel bearing are kind of funny the new ones anyhow best thing I do is go ta an empty parking lot and drive a circle in one way if you do a left hand circle and noise is more predominant check rh side as it spins faster do same in other direction. They are all one piece with hub or most are so pulling it out when you do get it out see if you can feel any roughness in it.
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Saturday, February 6th, 2016 AT 4:18 PM

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