I'm working on my brother in-laws car. 1997 Dodge Stratus ES (V6). I picked it up from my sister to start troubleshooting this new noise. I almost had a heart attack when I hit the gas. There is for sure metal on metal contact somewhere in the works. My first fear was the auto tranny or the engine. However tranny fluid level was down about a QT. Low but not bad enough to make the symptoms it has. I also topped off the oil just to be save. Now I took some time to drive it around. It has that cool autostick feature so I could play wround with it. The noise is the worst in 1st. less in second gear. Almost non existant in 3rd and 4th unless you really gun. The engine seems to rev just fine. It could probably use a tune up but no major issues. If I left it in first and wound it up the engine humms right along. The trans seems to shift just fine between all the gears. No real noticable slippage beyond what a normal auto has. So my final though is the right front wheel bearing is toast. does that sound correct? how hard would it be to replace for anyone who's ever done it before. What else should I look for? This thing sounds so horrid its not even funny.