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The best way to determine if a wheel hub bearing is bad is to drive the vehicle. Get it to the speed where it is the loudest. Swerve long and aggressive but safe. If the noise comes and goes then it is a wheel bearing to blame. Being 2wd you can check the rear wheels on a rack with the traction control disabled. You will need a stethoscope to hear for excessive noise at the back of the hub. A good bearing will be quite. A bad bearing will sound like a leaf blower. To test the front wheels you need to spin them. I use a high speed electric drill with a hole saw in it that is wrapped in duct tape then hold it against the tire to spin it. On hub bearing style wheel bearings you rarely find a wheel loose even when the bearing is bad.
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While driving does it spit and sputter and have jerky acceleration?
While driving are there any warning lights on?
It is difficult to trick the ABS system, AT, and RSC running on a rack because it sees the rear wheels spinning and the front not. So it thinks your spinning out of control . If turning it off does not allow you to run it on a rack then try barely apply the brakes while running it in gear, if that also does not help then remove the ABS fuse.
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