Originally Posted by BCrawford64
Well if the ball joint boots look fine and there is no play when the wheel is rocked top to bottom then I'd just go with an alignment.
That's how you check wheel bearings .
-jack up axle as close to wheel as possible enough to get a pry bar under the wheel .
-put your hand on the tire at 12 , pry the bar up and down
you will feel any movement in the ball joints through your hand . If you feel play , have someone do it while you look at the ball joints to confirm where the play is .