Depending on your mileage it might be the axle.
You might want to get a junkyard bearing or two whole you troubleshoot. People don't junk their cars over wheel bearings.
You might want to get a spring balance (see the LINK
) - I'm not sure what the spec is but it's findable, and the
catch is that since the bearings are pre-loaded, once you know the spec it's easy to check an installed bearing this way. I think Timken's on-line training has a usable spec for hub assembly preload. I don't remember if the spec is in the service manual. Some dealer techs might be able to just tell you. Point is -- you think you have a bearing issue since you're getting noise, okay then check the bearing with the spring balance. If it's in specs, then you're looking at an axle R&R. Because if it's the axle and you are swapping bearings due only to the noises, then you will **never** finish (until you dump the car because it has chronic bearing arthritis or whatever you want to call it).