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Unread 12-23-2012, 05:35 PM   #1
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Wheel bearing? Ball joints? I need help?!

Hey guys 1st post here. Guess I'll just get started. I'm having an issue with

some camber on my front tires on my 1980 cj7. I've been doing some

research and found that if you jack the front end up and try to shake the tire

from top to bottom it should not move, and if it does it's more than likely a

ball joint issue. However when i wobble the tire from top to bottom it looks

as if the ball joints arent the problem. This makes me believe its the

bearings in the wheel. My question is, being a novice mechanic, what is the

best way to get into the hub? wheel? to check and see if this is infact a

wheel bearing problem. I dont drive the jeep daily so I'd like to do this all

myself, I dont really care how difficult this would be. Also any pictures of

videos would be a tremendous help.

Thanks fellas,
Gunslingin

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Unread 12-23-2012, 05:42 PM   #2
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Try this http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f8/ca...g-help-673545/
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Unread 12-23-2012, 05:43 PM   #3
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I did a thread when I replaced my bearings, ball joints, and u joints, but this one is the one I used to do it:

Jeephammer's Dana 30 servicing thread
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Unread 12-23-2012, 05:44 PM   #4
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missed it by that much...
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Unread 12-23-2012, 05:47 PM   #5
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You want part numbers, sources, and prices, see here: My dana 30 rebuild thread
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Unread 12-23-2012, 05:52 PM   #6
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wow that took about 5 minutes! haha think im gonna like this forum.
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Unread 12-23-2012, 07:37 PM   #7
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The good news is that its not that expensive, or technical. Nearly all the parts are at your local parts store. (ie bearings, etc). You can rent the bearing set tool for free.
THe only thing you will have to order is the hub removal socket. Its a special Jeep tool you can only get at 4wd, quadratec, etc. The local places will not have it. Otherwise take everything off one at a time. Have a small container handy for all the small parts.

If your rotor is junk, you can change that as well. You need to remove the hub to change it, so its not a bad time, and those are pretty cheap as well. Its trickier then other cars, as the rotor sits behind the hub, pressed in by the wheel lugs. YOu need to hammer those out to get the rotor off.
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Unread 12-23-2012, 11:05 PM   #8
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When checking for bearing and ball joint play, it helps to have a partner. First pry under the tire with a pry bar. If you feel movement, have your partner pry on it while you watch the ball joints. If there is play you can usually see it. If its a small amount that you can't see, wrap your hand around it and try to feel for the movement.

If you feel looseness but don't see it in the ball joints, the play is from the wheel bearings.
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In a bit late, but AutoZone does carry a selection of the more common sockets for Ford, Chevy, Mopar, etc.
They might not have it in stock at every store, but search their website using the term spindle nut socket to get the part number for the size you need.
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