Question about 1986 Ford Ranger 2WD
This is usually a balljoint problem. Although you can try lifting the wheel off the ground and pulling the top of the tire, some put a bar on the ground just under the tire and lift up.
With a 4x4 there is extra hardware which may interfere with wheel travel during this test. The idea is there is a knee action which the balljoint pivots on. Over or under jacking can mask the travel or slop in the joint, so try testing from different jacking heights.
Now a wheel bearing can cause this problem if it is bad enough. If this is a 4x4 the hub bearing is more substantial.
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
SOURCE: need to replace the front
You need to remove the tire, brake caliper and rotor. Remove the axle nut and hub bolts. Take the hub (bearing is pressed in it) to a machine shop to have new bearings pressed in.
A mechanic will usually charge around 300 dollars per bearing (cost included).
Posted on Aug 06, 2008
On the 01 there is a camber bushing that goes in the knuckle with the upper ball joint( the factory ones wear out), take it to a alignment shop, specify you want the camber set, and they will be able to provide a shim and install it for you,it only take a couple secs to install, you can turn the aftermarket shim to achieve correct camber.
Posted on Jul 22, 2009
Some lean can be normal, but if you are noticing it after owning the truck for awhile you are right to be concerned.
If you know how to check the balljoints, check them for excessive movement. Also look at your tierod ends. If it has been some time since you had an alignment now would be a good time to do it. The parts have to be tight to hold a good alignment.
Most places will do an estimate first before the repair. This will give you a chance to change out the parts you feel comfortable about and save a little money.
Posted on Dec 01, 2009
SOURCE: the rear driver side wheel
You did not indicate which Model vehicle this is. In general, a car with front-wheel drive has rear wheels which are Independent of each other. This means there is no solid axle going from one side of the car to the other.
The Independent rear wheel is mounted to a strut. The strut assembly is adjustable and gets an Alignment just like the front-end parts do. It must be put on an Alignment machine. Another area which can tilt a rear wheel is a severely worn spindle or wheel bearing.
This would mean the rear strut may be properly in place, but the spindle and bearing inside the rear brake drum or rotor has too much play and is allowing the wheel to tilt. You would hear a loud grinding noise if the bearing is bad.
I do not want you to ignore getting your car checked, but a complete answer includes vehicles which have the rear wheel construction built to allow for the rear wheels to flex in and out depending on terrain and load. These would be the cars where if you jacked them up, the rear wheels would not come down straight. It takes a few miles before the parts level out.
You should take the weight off the one wheel and see if there is play anywhere. The struts can be shimmed and the shims may have fallen out. You may have a rusted strut tower. Once you assure yourself the car is safe to drive for Alignment, thats the next step.
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Posted on Jan 10, 2011
SOURCE: driver wheel leaning inward help
You probably need your tires rotated/balanced. This can be done in local tire shops, and sometimes the place where you bought your tires will do it for free.
Posted on Jul 03, 2011
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