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2010 - Wheel bearings needed after only 20k miles? (Video link attached)

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Long time lurker here. All of your posts have helped me tremendously over the years, even if I never commented before. Thanks, much!

Anyways, after loving and losing my B5 (2001), I bought a used 2010 B6 early last month. It has 20,000 miles on it and I like it a lot. Heck, after 20 years of driving old cars, it's my first "nice car." And my first car payment.

When I test drove it at the dealer, there was a "wub-wub" but I figured it was the tires. Before signing I got the dealer to put new tires on it. From what I can tell, they are decent tires -- General Altimax HP 235/45/17.

After I bought my new babe and took her home, the "wub-wub-wub" persisted even with the new tires. I figured they were cheap tires and had road noise, but now I'm not so sure. I put the full-sized spare on today and drove around and the noise is still there, especially around smooth turns. So now I'm thinking the problem is bad wheel bearings.

My question -- is it possible to need wheel bearings replaced after only 20k miles?

The bumper-to-bumper warranty ran out at the end of March and now I'm kicking myself because I don't think wheel bearings are covered in the remaining manufacturer's powertrain warranty.

If you can hear through the rain, I put a video up of driving today. The wub-wub starts around 0:10.
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Its hard to tell from your video but I just found out today that my passenger side front wheel bearing is going bad or is bad. It sounds a little like your video. I have a 2007 B6 with 92k on it. I would think with your B6 and 20k on it that the bearing wouldn't have gone bad this soon.

I will be interested to see what others have to say too.
Couldn't tell from your video. But found road noise dramatically decreased after I'd had a four wheel laser track done.
Used a Hunter-equipped franchise. Not expensive! Also different tyres do give different road noise effects.
Your tracking firm would be able to diagnose any worn wheel bearing or bushes problem.
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