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Diagnosing this sound - rear wheel bearing?


NAXJA Forum User
Lexington, KY
96 XJ here. A sound is coming from my driver side rear wheel area that started as what sounded like maybe a rock in the tread, small repeating tick the same frequency as wheel rotation, and now has developed into a more aggressive rubbing sound. Suspecting a bad bearing, I did the hard left turn right turn test while going down a wide straight road but didn't hear anything definitive. What I have noticed, though, is that the sound doesn't happen at all when I'm accelerating even a little, but only happens when I'm coasting and braking. I was able to diagnose it as definitely coming from my driver's side rear when I had my buddy drive and I stuck my head out each of the back side windows.

Is there any part other than a wheel bearing that makes this kind of sound when it goes bad? Because something is definitely going bad.
What diagnostics and inspection have your performed with the tire and brake drum removed ?