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I have a 1998 Ford Escort Zx2 and was wondering what kind of symptoms I should be looking for if I have a bad wheel bearing(or both). Whenever I turn to left it makes a grinding noise, certain pumps will make the left front side of my car squeek. Could this be my CV joints too?

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Humming is usually associated with wheel bearings.Usually clunking to me sounds like a cv joint.I have a grinding noise coming from my front passenger side and I looked at it.It turns out to be a bad rotor on my case.I would say check your rotors for debris and pitting.I would check your tie rods for play.
 

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I would change your tie rods and ball joints.Do you have aftermarket rims on the car?What I mean is wheels that arent the ones that came with the car.Because I remember correctly having a grinding noise when I was driving with my rims and it was my tie rods and a squeeking was my ball joints.
 

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To diagnose a faulty CV joint, if you're moving forward, the left one is toast if you get a nasty clunk while turning sharply RIGHT and vice versa (usually from a stop). Doesn't sound like that's your problem.

Tie-rod and and ball joints can be checked readily with the front end jacked up. For tie-rods ends, check for looseness by grabbing the front and back of the tire and trying to move the tire in the direction that you steer (ie left/right). For ball joints, check for looseness with a pry bar between the steering knuckle and the ball joint housing (don't pry on the boot).

I'm inclined to say your tie rod end(s) is/are shot, but I wouldn't a-s-sociate (damn word filter) a toasted tie rod end with a grinding sound. Jack it up and take a good look around.
 
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