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Old 12-14-2008, 05:24 PM   #1
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so I took my car in to get an alignment the other day and they told me i had a bad bearing and needed to replace it before they can do the alignment. The technician showed me that there is some play (a very slight amount) in the left rear wheel. It looks like the lug nuts are a little bit loose, but theyre not so the play is coming from elsewhere. Does this sound like a bad wheel bearing? The only reason I question the diagnosis is because there is absolutely no noise coming from the area, and with past bad wheel bearings ive always heard it. Any input would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 12-14-2008, 07:07 PM   #2
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Old 12-15-2008, 09:41 AM   #3
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Yeah that sounds like a bad wheel bearing i dont know the exact tollerances for play but its not very much... with that being said that wheel really shouldnt move at all.

Did you check 12-6 position and 9-3 position?

what you could also do since he said only that one is bad is check the others to see how they feel and then recheck that one.
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Old 12-15-2008, 03:43 PM   #4
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12-6 and 9-3 position??
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Old 12-16-2008, 02:15 PM   #5
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does this sound like a bad bearing issue to anyone else? as I said, the only experience ive had with bad bearings in previous cars is increasingly loud noise coming from the wheel, not "play" in the wheel so im not sure...
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Old 12-16-2008, 05:39 PM   #6
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grab the tire at 12 and 6 o'clock and wiggle it. then at 9 and 3 and wiggle to see if there's any play.
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Old 12-16-2008, 06:35 PM   #7
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so I took my car in to get an alignment the other day and they told me i had a bad bearing and needed to replace it before they can do the alignment. The technician showed me that there is some play (a very slight amount) in the left rear wheel. It looks like the lug nuts are a little bit loose, but theyre not so the play is coming from elsewhere. Does this sound like a bad wheel bearing? The only reason I question the diagnosis is because there is absolutely no noise coming from the area, and with past bad wheel bearings ive always heard it. Any input would be greatly appreciated.
thanks,
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It looks like the lug nuts are a little bit loose = WTF!
So if your wheel doesn't fall off VIA a bad bearing which is possible, it might fall off due to loose lug nuts.
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Old 12-16-2008, 08:12 PM   #8
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you didnt read the whole post. I said it LOOKS like the lug nuts are loose, but theyre NOT. I was referring to the amount of play the wheel has due to a possible bearing problem. The lugs are all tight
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i gotta agree with you, sounds odd. I've had a few bearings go bad, and they all were easily recognized by the noise before i ever got the car off the ground to check for play.

did the guy doing the alignment take the wheel off at all before telling you that? I'd like to believe that they would know what they're talking about, but we all know that's not always the case
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