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I think I need to jack up the front wheel, slide a bar under the wheel & see if there's any up & down play. Is this correct? I'm going to a real mech. tomorrow, but would like the peace of mind tonight. How long will it last before it blows out? What would happen if I'm wheeling @ 60 mph & the bearing blows out? Is there a good chance of death? If so, maybe I should suggest the wife drive the J tonight.:lol::lol::lol: No really, that could be a problem.
 

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I think that's to check ball joint play, I thought you just jack up the front and then grab the tires at the top and bottom and try to see if there's movement. How much movement is tolerated? I am unsure but very minimal movement.
 

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You are correct sir, that is to check balljoint play. I'll give the tire grab a shot today when I get out of my work suit. Tanx:cheers:
 

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Let us know how that turns out. I just realized I responded to this question, I think for you, in another thread. If I remember correctly I wasn't thinking and said you could grab it anywhere as long as you were on opposite sides. You do need to be at 12 and 6. My fault for misinforming you earlier. (if that was you)
 

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What would happen if I'm wheeling @ 60 mph & the bearing blows out?
I think if you're "wheeling" at 60 MPH, you may have some bigger problems. :jester:
 

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12 and 6 to check the bearings, 9 and 3 to check the tie rods. neither should have any movement.prying up from under the tire checks the ball joints. there shouldn't be any movement when u check any of the three. if any of them are bad they will have a wiggle to it (about a 1/4 to 1/2 inch of movement or close to that)
 

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Usually bad wheel bearings make plenty of noise as they are going out.

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Usually bad wheels bearings make plenty of noise as they are going out.

DEWFPO
X2!
Especially at low speed...like windows down going through a drive-thru.
 

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Tray, what I was referring to was driving when I said "wheelin":lol: Ya, I guess off roading at 60 mph would be a little difficult:lol:. I took it to the local dealer (that I hate, totally useless people) & took "Eddie" for a ride. He had no idea what it is. I want into the office & explained that I was in a real tight spot because I had to be in Philly Friday afternoon, (now this is Wednesday morning I'm there), the BooB behind the counter said "Well, we don't stock wheel bearings for FJ's & it'll take a day for it to get here" "Eddie" said he could have it done on Fri. afternoon because it's not that busy in the garage. So the "BooB" made me an appt. for Feb. 1 . WTF? He just said he can have it done Fri., today is Wed., one day for the part= Thursday+ one day to fix= Friday = Happy customer MAXXFJ right? No Feb 1 is the next aval. appt in his little book. Well, I said thank you & now I'm taking my chances driving it the way it is until the 1st. That's why I hate my Dealership, they don't do much in the customer care dept. That guy, BooB, could have pushed it through if he wanted to. Oh, Well...
 
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