I'm a bit of a noob, so you can assume that I'm writing this with a certain level of ignorance. But hopefully some of you fine folks can point me in the right direction.
I just moved to Mozambique and bought a 2005 Prado that was just imported from Japan. It is very clean and looks to be in very good condition (3.4 V6 automatic). However, the right rear wheel is not rotating smoothly. Today, a local mechanic replaced an arched pin that was bent (sorry I don't know the name) that connected to the parking brake. It was bent (or stretched) and caused the parking brake to rattle. We hoped that was the fix, but after hooking everything back up, the wheel is still not turning smoothly. On each rotation of the wheel, it comes to a place where the wheel encounters tension. When rotating the wheel slowly, it becomes a little difficult to turn. When driving at slow speeds, there is a creaking sound from the wheel. When driving slightly faster (but still slowly) there is a swooshing sound on each rotation.
The mechanic thinks the bearings in that wheel need replaced. Does this seem like the right fix? I have read elsewhere that it is unusual for rear bearings to go bad.
It is possible that it has been sitting for quite some time in Japan waiting to be sold and exported. The odometer reads 73k, but most around here say that isn't trustworthy. Any help would be appreciated. Cheers!