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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 01-31-2012, 09:44 PM Thread Starter
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Bad tie rods or wheel bearings?

My front end is making a humming noise mostly from the right side. I've read other threads saying to test for a bad wheel bearing to lift the truck and check for play at 6 and 12 then again at 3 and 9. I did this and I only have play at 3 and 9. Would this be the wheel bearing or could it be my tie rod?

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To check for a tie rod you need to have the truck on the ground and have a buddy rock the steering wheel back and forth and look for play in the tie rods

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Ok so any kind of play at the wheel assembly means bad wheel bearings?

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wheel bearing most likely
here is mine
it made a whine when i turned wheel to left and just driving down road it made a loud drone noise. and when turning wheel to right it got worse

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To check for a tie rod you need to have the truck on the ground and have a buddy rock the steering wheel back and forth and look for play in the tie rods
I just jacked my front end up and moved my wheel side to side and watched my tie rod come out of the centerlink. That's my way to tell it was fckd :rockin

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yeah just look at the tie rod. if its really bad you can move it with your hands

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But your description of the noise sounds like a wheel bearing. Easiest way to test it is to drive straight and pull hard to the left which puts the load on the passenger side and then try turning right putting the load on the drivers side. Which ever way makes the noise worse will be your bad side. One thing people say is when one goes the other is not far behind....

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Last night I lifted the truck to check it again. When I had my buddy wiggle the wheel the whole wheel assembly ( including the spindel) and the steering rack moved. From what I saw it looked like the bushings on the rack could be bad?

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you do not have a rack all of that is suppost to move

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If by rack you mean center link then you have a wore idler arm and/or pitman arm.

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