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The left hand wiggle part two.

To check front wheel bearings while jacked up and tires on .. do I put a hand on top and on the bottom at the same time and try to see if there is play on the axis..? ( I meant to say 'axis'.)

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  • jamesjob1 Jul 19, 2009

    A little vague but thank you.

    If a bearing is worn will there be play yes or no?

  • jamesjob1 Jul 19, 2009

    Come to think of it there probably would be some play, though i will have to have a look-see at the CV boots as well.

    But what would cause the back and forth wiggle when going around a (left) curve in the road?

  • jamesjob1 Jul 19, 2009

    I'm now talking circles to myself, working steady midnights weirds me out sorry.. yes I get it...thank you guys for helping me out, I'll still have to take it to the garage anyway but at least you gave me a clue to what may be wrong. Again thanks.

  • jamesjob1 Jul 19, 2009

    OK, so what would you suggest I could do to check for a bad bearing myself...in my parking spot..today?

  • jamesjob1 Jul 19, 2009

    The comment above this one is for motor1258,thanks.

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Top to bottom and side to side. There should not be any slack in the bearings.

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You probably won't feel any play in wheel bearing unless very bad shape. The method you seem to be describing was o,k, before sealed bearing and hubs were incorporated, or if checking for front end wear such as ball joints, and tie rod wear.

Posted on Jul 19, 2009

  • Mike Butler
    Mike Butler Jul 19, 2009

    Is the bearing making any "humming " noise at all, say for example on turns, at higher speeds, or "humming at any speed? I must ask, why do you suspect you have a bearing gone?

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