See my profile. Imma CJ Jeep kinda guy.I am not a Paid Mechanic. But I know and perform "MECHANICING" on my own/ family/ friends vehicles.I have "experience" on alot of this stuff, just not a lot on the "Computer End" of vehicles.
This is one of my hobbies--I was unpaid, for I am not a certified mechanic, and I did not sign up here for pay.I just asked a question like you did.
I got hooked here, (I was injured at work, could not walk 'cept with crutches) I began answering questions. Stuff I know from my own "Rear Lawn" and "2 Car Garage" Mechanicing Experiences. MY THANG IS CJs. Some body in the higher ranks, was "Impressed" with some of my answering. So recently, they started compensate me a little (I did not expect anything!) They moved me from 2Carpros Level 1----to---"Car Repair Helper"
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Jack up that wheel
Grab it at 12 O'clock and 6----pull it and push it (inward and outward)
Do the same at 3 and 9
You should have no SLOP, not even a little!
IF YOU HAVE SLOP.
Do what you wish.
For sure the bearings will require tightening (the retainers)
And yes, they should be lubed or packed----This will require they be removed.
But heres the KICKER.
1 side has to be out.
Have you had this done, at the correct intervals (both wheels), as Suggested in the SCHEDULED MAINTENENCE Section as in a Chilton or Haynes Repair Manual?
Both wheel(s) Bearings are maybe the same age.
THIS ONE HAS BEEN "CRUNCHING" and "WALLERING" the Ball/ Roller Bearings Out of Round. Its life is probably greatly diminished.
I do Critical "TWIN" or "MATING" Parts as 1 unit.I would replace both sides, were it mine.
Just like brake shoes or pads. Do as a SET. Bearings and races on your wheels. Both sides
If you have $$$ ISSUES with where you have your work done.
I may can recommend to you, some possible lesser expensive places to go.
I hope you find something simple wrong, Like roadkill hung up on your axle!
But if it is your bearings, do not "CHEAP-OUT". This could turn into dangerous handling or WORSE!
Please come back with an opinion or good news about your rig!
Hope I helped you in some way
Monday, August 30th, 2010 AT 12:54 AM