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I'm getting a howling noise from the right rear of the car. I had new tires installed, and overall noise is down, but the howling persists. First, I wanted to ask what I could do to diagnose the wheel bearing before I spend almost $200. I want to be totally sure that the wheel bearing is indeed going out, not an imbalanced wheel or something. Second, if it does turn out to be the wheel bearing, where is the best place to get one? I've looked at IPD ($189 + expedited shipping), the Volvo dealer ($197 + tax), and a couple of other places. My question is will the IPD bearing be more robust than the OEM bearing? Or are they the same thing? I'm willing to pay extra for a more robust part, but I'm moving in 2 weeks and if I can deal locally that would be better. Lastly, are there any cheaper places to get a hub if all hubs are equal? Thanks,<p>Evo<p>PS - one more question...will I need an alignment after replacing the hub? The guy at the alignment shop said I probably would, but of course he would say that.<BR><BR>
<i>Modified by Evos_R at 8:58 AM 7-29-2009</i>
 

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Re: Wheel bearing questions (Evos_R)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Evos_R</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Lastly, are there any cheaper places to get a hub if all hubs are equal? Thanks,</TD></TR></TABLE><p>Check FCP Groton. I like them, their parts and prices.
 

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Re: Wheel bearing questions (redalrt)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>redalrt</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><p>Check FCP Groton. I like them, their parts and prices. </TD></TR></TABLE><p>Thanks. I checked, and they are about the same price as the others.
 

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$137. at Tasca. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>No alignment necessary.<p>All the hubs I researched were OEM, AFAIK no aftermarket replacement exists.<p>
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>tachymetres</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">$137. at Tasca. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>No alignment necessary.<p>All the hubs I researched were OEM, AFAIK no aftermarket replacement exists.<p></TD></TR></TABLE><p>Awesome! Do you have a link? I'm not familiar with them.
 

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<A HREF="http://www.tascavolvoparts.com" TARGET="_blank">http://www.tascavolvoparts.com</A><p>I use them frequently, my only gripe is that they're slow as molasses to get the parts out. Otherwise they're great, and have rock bottom internet prices.<p>Usually wheel bearings growl and the noise gets louder when you corner. BUT some tires can make an identical noise (like my crappy hankooks). I replaced front wheel bearings on my 960 only to find that the noise persisted, until I put on winter tires. Something about the tread pattern.
 

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Great, thanks. The noise gets louder when I turn left, and gets softer when I turn right, leading me to believe that this is a problem with the right rear bearing. I asked the tech who installed my tires and he said that he was 100% sure it was the wheel bearing. I put my order in to Tasca on the phone and I caught them 20 min before the UPS truck picked up. Thanks for the info again.<p>Evo
 
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