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I have a 2003 Explorer that has movement on the right rear wheel when gripped at the 9 and 3 possision. I know to check wheel bearings at 12 and 6. Could this still be a bad bearing or something else?

Seems to have a lot of movement at the toe link ball joint. Could this be as simple as a bad toe link?

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Did you not answer your own question?

Your the one under there--looking & pushing
& pulling on the suspension

Now the question is---do you have the tools &
experience to replace parts?

Posted on Nov 30, 2012

  • Bob Rentner Nov 30, 2012

    Yes, I have the tools and I am perfectly capable of doing the work. I came to this forum looking for advise that could help. I wasn't looking for cryptic answers and sarcasm. If thats what this forum is all about, I will figure it out myself.



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