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Loud road noise- bad wheel bearing?

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2005 XLE Limited AWD: I have noticed that the road noise has gotten significantly worse in the last 6 months. I don't think it's the tires as they have been well inflated and still have about half their tread left. The noise gets very noticeable starting at 30 mph and gets louder with speed, and you can even feel the "grinding" vibration in the accelerator pedal and steering wheel. It's as though the bearings in the front wheels have lost their lubrication or something. I had an oil change and chassis lube done recently, no change. Any ideas what to look for or how to troubleshoot? I have the extended warranty, but my fear is that the dealer will say "that's just how it was made."
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I have a 2006 XLE Limited AWD: having the same problem. Took to local shop they say the transaxel and transfer case need to be replaced at a cost of over 6,000. They also said front right wheel bearing needs to be replaced. Took it to my local tire shop had the tires rotated and had them check the front bearings and they say they are fine. will now take to dealer. By the way i have 89,000 miles on it.
hope it's not the case but will let you know. Leon
i think they just wiggle it to test for play. mayor
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