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For a long time I have noticed that my front wheels had a little too much negative camber and I got it aligned but that didn't fix the problem so I figured the housing was bent. I was thinking about installing some offset ball joints until this happened. I had the front end jacked off the ground and I noticed that I could wiggle the wheels up and down on the spinde... hub, whatever.. a good bit. I'm guessing this is because the wheel bearings have too much play in them. Should I just tighten that nut to put some more pressure on the bearings or replace them. I haven't noticed any pulling to any side and I haven't heard anything to hint at the bearings going out. Am I on the right track here or completely off??
 

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Jack it up and grab the top of the tire with one hand and the bottom with the other and if you can move the wheel back and for then you need a new wheel hub a$$embly. That nut will not tighten it up the way your thinking.
 

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yeah I can move it back and forth on both sides. So new wheel bearings won't fix this problem? How big of a deal is this, I mean is my wheel gonna fall off if I don't get it fixed immediately?
 

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The wheel will move horizontally, thats how you steer your truck. However there should be no vertical play, that is indicative of wheel bearing failure, and yes your wheel can fall off, I know from first hand experience. Also do not over tighten the axle nut, you will only cause more problems


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yeah, it wiggles vertically. So is this the wheel bearings, or the entire hub a$$embly? BTW thanks for the help guys.
 

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On 2005-11-22 09:18, juiceyou321 wrote:
yeah, it wiggles vertically. So is this the wheel bearings, or the entire hub a$$embly? BTW thanks for the help guys.
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They are one the hub a$$embly and the bearing. It also has your speed sensor in there, well mine did. Mine was $285.00 for a 2500 i think 1500 are less.
 

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Pricing is going to depend on whether you have 4 wheel abs or not. If you do, you'll have wire coming off a sensor in your hub...those hubs depending on where you are will probably run you from about $250 a hub to 350 a hub. If you don't have 4 wheel abs, then you're looking at around 180 to 200 a hub. When you do take it off, you're going to need a 1 11/16 socket, to get that center axle nut off. Any questions, shoot me an email, I've had to do it about 6 times now. I can walk you through it if you need help.
 

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i have one for sale :bigthumb: never installed lifetime warranty.(lost the box so i cant return it) its for non-ABS trucks, 1500. both LT/RT are the same bearing. its 2 year warranty though checkers/kragen. The wheel bearing/hub a$$embly is all one piece, usually will take you about 45 mins to an hour to change. i had to use a lot of PB on the three bolts that hold the hub on though....
 

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The last Bearing/hub a$$emly I changed cost me $165 but was a huge head-ache, because I let this one fail before I fixed it. I knew it was about to go, but I kept wheeling/driving it. I planned to change it the next weekend... ahh... 70mph, and THUMP THUMP THUMP THUMP. My bearing tore apart, and the axle was binding in the knuckle every time it turned over. When I took it apart, it was in about 8 bazillion pieces. It also got REAL hot (glowing when I pulled over... pieces of glowing rollers in the road aswell) and everything seized together. Took me a very long time to get it apart. I decided to do an axle swap now... {expletive} that {expletive}

Moral of the story: Fix it now.
 

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i alaways thought up and down movement was ball joints. left and right movement was usually a sign of hub bearings.
 

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On 2005-11-25 10:31, American wrote:
The last Bearing/hub a$$emly I changed cost me $165 but was a huge head-ache, because I let this one fail before I fixed it. I knew it was about to go, but I kept wheeling/driving it. I planned to change it the next weekend... ahh... 70mph, and THUMP THUMP THUMP THUMP. My bearing tore apart, and the axle was binding in the knuckle every time it turned over. When I took it apart, it was in about 8 bazillion pieces. It also got REAL hot (glowing when I pulled over... pieces of glowing rollers in the road aswell) and everything seized together. Took me a very long time to get it apart. I decided to do an axle swap now... {expletive} that {expletive}

Moral of the story: Fix it now.
:withstupid: After reading this, you know what to do.
 
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