Nope. Bearings typically cause a sound like an airplane engine when they are worn. Besides high mileage, they can be instantly damaged by placing the vehicle's weight on the wheels while the axle nut is loose or not torqued to specs. That will make them noisy too so be sure those nuts are tight before lowering the car off of a jack.
If the car was slid into a curb, the hub can be bent. That's not real common as the wheel will give first, but the symptom will be a shimmy in the steering wheel that does not go away when you let off the gas. Since your shimmy goes away under no load, you can assume the wheel bearings are ok.
Tuesday, September 14th, 2010 AT 5:11 PM