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Why do mechanics give the wheels a spin after raising a car for inspection?

Probably a combination of things - as you surmise, it's a good way to check for worn bearings (you may also spot them rocking the wheel up and down or side to side, that's also checking the wheel ...
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Why do mechanics give the wheels a spin after raising a car for inspection?

What exactly are they looking for? Anything that could be wrong or irregular. Tire defects Bent wheel rims Worn bearings noisy anything dragging brakes health of differential gears condition of CV ...
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bearing noise soon after tire replacement?

It might not be the tires so much as the alignment. If the bearing was worn but had "gotten settled" in a particular orientation, it might not have been noisy. Then you changed the alignment and ...
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Is a rubbing disc brake dust cover the first symptom of a bad wheel bearing?

Your understanding of how it's connected together makes sense, however, if you are rubbing a brake dust cover (backing plate) it doesn't mean the bearing is going bad. The first thing I'd be looking ...
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Hot Rim Looking for Suggestions

Sounds like your pads sticking to me. The pad should slide in smoothly ideally they should be so annoyingly smooth so that they fall out if your are not careful. I have had stuck pin and stuck piston ...
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Are these roller bearings okay? One is gray, the other muddy

Both bearings show a wear strip - this is normal. The grease that is milky or grey has been contaminated and needs replacing. On my 4*4 I used to clean and repack the bearings then set the play very ...
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Forgot outer retaining circlip on front wheel bearing, what do I do?

As @Moab stated, if it wasn't needed, it wouldn't be there. In most cases, the clip is there to maintain bearing position. Without it, the bearing walks and it drastically shortens the life of not ...
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bearing noise soon after tire replacement?

I've had this issue with cars fixed at my past shops. The old tires would mask the sound of the wheel bearing starting to go bad. New tires would suddenly make the sound stand out. Old tires can also ...
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How to deal with this type of nut

They look exactly the same. The threading is probably the same on both nuts. Use a hammer and flat head chisel to peen the new nut. These nuts aren't meant to be reused and as long as you're ...
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Hot Rim Looking for Suggestions

Likely a sticking caliper, if you're ok doing your own maintenance and comfortable with brakes.. Firstly just check your brake fluid level is ok and not too low (NO need to top it up!) we just don't ...
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2007 Escalade - grease on front axle

It looks as though the boot has split and is spewing grease all over the place. If there isn't a lot of dirt let into the boot, you should be able to just replace the boot (yes, this is a chore, but a ...
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bearing noise soon after tire replacement?

This is a bit of a difficult question to answer over the internet because none of us can physically be there to observe the symptoms you're describing. However though, cars are just like any other man ...
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If my wheel bearings are freshly replaced, what could still be causing a loud whining sound?

Fist thing is to check that the bearings have been torqued properly, over tightening is easy to do and a common problem on newly replaced bearings. Also if one bearing goes it is sensible to ...
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Pontiac G6 sounds like a prop plane. Wheel bearing?

Pretty urgent. Less urgent than say, having no friction material left on your brakes but way more urgent than any regular servicing. Driving around with a dying bearing will hurt both economy and ...
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Remove and replace a wheel bearings without puller or press?

I've replaced bearings without either a puller or a press, it's perfectly doable, although a bearing insertion set does make things much easier. These are cheap and you can get them off the internet. ...
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There is vibration in car (2008 Honda CR-V). Getting new tires did not solve the problem

My father had the exact same problem that you describe on his 2007 Honda CR-V and it turned out to be a drive shaft. Apparently they fail quite regularly on this model. Replacing the shaft resolved ...
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How dangerous is it to drive on country roads with a potentially failing wheel bearing?

The faster you travel wind noise will often shroud noises that the vehicle is making so don't think that the fault has gone away at that point. It depends really on how bad the bearing is with ...
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Hot Rim Looking for Suggestions

As well as the items mentioned in @Orb and @Chris answers, it's also worth checking the flexi hose to the brake for any signs of swelling - sometimes the rubber can perish and swell, causing the hose ...
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Is it OK to mix up used roller bearings and races?

Inner and outer bearing parts should stay together, as the wear patterns and small irregularities "match". If you mix them, then you risk premature failure - if you have a high use then you should ...
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What methods are commonly used to remove a rusted and stuck rear wheel hub and bearing assembly?

This is a job for a slide hammer - fixed to the hub and will apply the force directly in the most useful direction.
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Front wheel bearings integral to rotor assembly

It isn't integral with the rotors, but the bearings are integral with the hub itself. It comes as a unit, which attaches to the steering knuckle. The rotor is separate and attaches over the lugs (...
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Are these roller bearings okay? One is gray, the other muddy

Not sure how either blacksmith or Mike came to their conclusions ... you cannot tell much about a bearing until the grease is removed. Grease will tell some of the tale, but it has to be cleaned for ...
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Did I remove this hub bearing wrong? (post-mortem)

My guess would be that the assembly came apart for two reasons. The wear in the bearing caused some play between the inner race and the bearing shell. Some corrosion resulted in more resistance ...
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Is a rubbing disc brake dust cover the first symptom of a bad wheel bearing?

None of the failed wheel bearings I have had affected the brakes . They caused a very low rumble that you felt more than heard. My first auto repair; driving home in my '41 Cadillac ( cost $ 95 from a ...
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Pontiac G6 sounds like a prop plane. Wheel bearing?

This is the part that lets the wheel go round. It is very urgent that you repair it. The bearing can seize and cause your car to swerve at whatever speed you are going and hit something/somebody. I ...
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What could cause these noises coming from the front of my vehicle?

I don't think its disk corrosion causing the noise as that should wear off after a couple of miles driving/braking. If I'm hearing it correctly though it sounds like a wheel bearing type noise as its ...
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If my wheel bearings are freshly replaced, what could still be causing a loud whining sound?

The 07 Altimas (the automatics) have a CVT that seems infamously noisy from cursory research. Is it like the noise you hear around 30 seconds into https://youtu.be/WblGvAPPGX4?t=30? It's tough to hear ...
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How much heat do failing wheel bearings generate?

Bad bearings CAN produce heat, depending on the exact bearing failure it could under circumstances also produce very significant heat (in extreme cases they could get so hot that the grease is burning)...
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Clicking noise from front wheel

When you have Mag wheels I believe you have to re-torque them every couple of months or so. If I remember correctly it has to do with the different rates of expansion and contraction between the ...
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Upon replacing brakes mechanic doesnt check bad wheel bearing

While you'd want to believe the mechanic will catch/fix everything, it really is beyond their control. They may or may not have checked it when up on the lift, but really, if that had found it, you'd ...

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