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Old 06-26-2014, 01:47 PM
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Front axle end play/ grinding-- Bearings?

Hey guys so I've noticed a terrible intermittent grinding sound from my driver's side front wheel. When I removed my hub lock I can move my axle spindle probably about 1/2" to 3/4", while my passenger side has very very little to no play. So, before I buy a new hub assembly, does this sound like my bearings are belly up?
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Your axle stub simply slides through the bearing assembly. There is a bearing in there to hold it "up" but not prevent in/out motion. In which direction are you able to move the stub axle?

If you're hearing it, your unit bearing is probably toast. Can you rock your wheel?
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I couldn't rock the wheel but my brakes were still attached when I tried. And the movement isn't in and out, it is side to side
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jack it up and rock the wheel like mentioned the brakes can be attached

excessive movement is a sign
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the stub shaft play may be a bad needle bearing located inside the unit bearing but replaceable separately

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Usually if it has that much play your stub shaft might be wore out all together. Happens when people drive around with hub locked in for too long.


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the stub shaft play may be a bad needle bearing located inside the unit bearing but replaceable separately
I replace the needle bearings usually once before the whole hub assembly wears out.

I'd try that first for the $20 it costs
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I'll see again when I get home. Where would the stub shaft be worn exactly?
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i just replaced a Hub assembly on my truck, it was making a grinding noise and then finally locked up on me on the freeway, that sucked but i just threw it in first and was able to pull over!

but it only cost me $180 bucks to replace it from oriellys auto parts
its too easy to replace, takes less then an hour if your truck isnt stubborn
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Yeah last night I picked up a new assembly from Carquest for $131 out the door. I'm about to pull her into the garage and start a working.... Hopefully it shouldn't be too much of a pain. Good to know you didn't get in a wreck and your truck was okay.
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