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Old December 13th, 2017, 09:50 AM
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Front Left Wheel Play

My '87 110 failed my state inspection.

The left front wheel (drivers side) has play in it. When on a lift I can push on the top of the wheel and the tire moves in. Its almost as if the lug nuts are loose. Now I did change take that tire off at the beginning on the summer but I know it is tight so loose lug nuts are not it.

My mechanic, not a rover guy, said it could be king pin end play. But not being a rover guy he said it could be a different term.

What parts or procedures do I need to look for?

Thank you

------ Follow up post added December 13th, 2017 10:52 AM ------

As stated in another thread which I am separating to make it easy, my '87 110 failed inspection.

My truck stops fine and the failure probably had more to do with the other issue than the brake issue.

The right real wheel shows signs of a leak. Not a big one as my brake fluid reservoir still has plenty and the truck drivers and stops fine.

What parts and procedures do I need to tackle.

Thank you,
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Old December 13th, 2017, 10:27 AM
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Look up Railco bushing, reasonably easy job to repair. Be sure to check wheel bearings first though.
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Old December 13th, 2017, 06:57 PM
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You have bearings at the hub and on the swivel ball housing. It could be either or both. The hub bearings are easy to check but can be a titch messy. Have you ever serviced the bearings?
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Old December 13th, 2017, 07:15 PM
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King pin play is a good analogy if not a Rover guy. It is a pretty straightforward job to do either/both hub bearings and swivel bearings. Good time to do both sides if you have no known history of them being serviced, at least hub/wheel bearings. Check for pitted swivels or leaking swivel seals.

If you have space and time, do it yourself. Lots of good Defender youtube videos that show step by step. There are a few tricks to ensuring you reassemble correctly, follow along with videos.

Real the manual, study the diagrams, have the proper sockets, parts, lubricants, and either a fishing or luggage scale to verify preload.

You can do this! And learn a lot about your truck in the process.
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Old December 13th, 2017, 08:11 PM
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Check the wheel bearings and tighten according to specs.
If there is still play, remove one of the top swivel ball spacers at a time until the play is gone.
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Old December 13th, 2017, 09:56 PM
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Step 1, buy or download the factory workshop manual. The two things to look up and follow are hub bearing adjustment and swivel bearing preload.
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Old December 14th, 2017, 03:01 AM
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http://www.landroverresource.com/doc...der_90_110.pdf
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Old December 14th, 2017, 07:36 AM
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but do the swivel bearing preload first.
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Old December 14th, 2017, 08:01 AM
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Hmm...not sure that is the first step. Jack up the vehicle. Grab the top and bottom of the tire (12 and 6 o’clock). Rock it back and forth and it moves (this is the described problem). Now move your hands to 3 and 9 o’clock and do the same thing. If you get the same result, adjust your wheel bearings. If not, service the swivel pin as Robert says above. Also, check that both swivels have oil/grease to the correct level.
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Old December 14th, 2017, 08:22 AM
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Swivel preload will require extra shims and swivel ball grease. It may be possible to adjust preload by removing shims but if you don't have the correct thin shims to remove, you will be stuck. So order a shim pack and swivel grease (two tubes) prior to adjusting. When you loosen the top two swivel pin bolts, your grease will start leaking out, so don't try removing swivel pun bolts prior to getting grease.
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Old December 27th, 2017, 12:49 PM
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Thanks all. Honestly looking forward to working on the truck soon just finishing up the end of year stuff at the office and looking for clearing some time.
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