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terry 05-13-2019 08:27 PM

front wheel movement
 

With my 36 jacked up I checked for wheel movement vertically by grabbing the top and bottom of the tire and trying to move it back and forth...very little movement. Then i grabbed the tire by the sides to check for movement...some, but not a whole lot, giving the sensation the maybe the lug nuts were a little loose. I checked for this and they were tight. Does this mean bad tie rod ends, bad king pins, both, or yet something else I haven't yet considered? Terry

petehoovie 05-13-2019 08:35 PM

Re: front wheel movement
 

Two man job....You need to inspect the tie rod ends/front end steering components etc. for movement while someone else works the tire/wheel....

Alaska Jim 05-13-2019 11:50 PM

Re: front wheel movement
 

As pethoovie said, it is a 2 man job to check the tie rod ends and steering linkage. with the vehicle on the ground, have some one turn the steering wheel back and forth from left to right, just enough to take the "feel " of the slack out of the steering with out actually turning the wheels. look for play on the tie rod ends and the rest of the steering linkage. king pins are checked differently

JSeery 05-14-2019 07:51 AM

Re: front wheel movement
 

Quote:

Originally Posted by terry (Post 1757226)
With my 36 jacked up I checked for wheel movement vertically by grabbing the top and bottom of the tire and trying to move it back and forth...very little movement. Then i grabbed the tire by the sides to check for movement...some, but not a whole lot, giving the sensation the maybe the lug nuts were a little loose. I checked for this and they were tight. Does this mean bad tie rod ends, bad king pins, both, or yet something else I haven't yet considered? Terry

Could also be the wheel bearings.


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