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Old December 1st, 2005, 12:32 PM
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How much play is "normal" for defenders in the wheel bearing? I mean when the truck is jacked up with one wheel off the ground how much movement is normal when pushing the tire in?

A little click... a mm or 4.... or nothing at all.

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Old December 1st, 2005, 12:59 PM
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rocking the top nd bottom it should be real tight. Very little to no play is what i get. Also if your breaks are soft or require allot of tbreak pedal travel or pumping to get them to work.
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Old December 1st, 2005, 01:25 PM
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I didn't quite understand the brake thing. Mine moves just a little, like a slight click when you press on the tire... do you think that is acceptable??

I worried because I'm headed down to baja for christmas and I'd like to avoid a calamity.

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Old December 1st, 2005, 01:53 PM
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He means that if your brakes feel spongy and have a large dead spot before they start to do anything.

(Note to self, sounds like the Jeep issue I'm having)

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Old December 1st, 2005, 01:57 PM
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So adjust the bearing then. It is an easy thing to do and you should know how to do it.
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Old December 1st, 2005, 02:29 PM
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why dont you come down here and teach me how to adjust since I dont know how to do it
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Don't forget that the swivel pin clearance gives a little movement in that axis too! That is, the top of the wheel in-and-out.

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Old December 1st, 2005, 03:45 PM
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why dont you come down here and teach me how to adjust since I dont know how to do it
Gee nice finger there..... What is this Pirate all of a sudden? In what way were you involved in this discussion??


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I worried because I'm headed down to baja for christmas and I'd like to avoid a calamity.
So I thought he might want to check it out and NOT worry. as Keith says, check/adjust the swivel preleoad at the same time. Maybe there is someone local to lend a hand?
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Old December 1st, 2005, 05:54 PM
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John,

Bill Burke has an article on wheel bearings on his website. bb4wa.com
I think it's in the articles section.
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Old April 16th, 2006, 08:59 PM
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what does adjusting the swivel pins do? I have some play in both of my front wheels I think it might be the bearings.
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Old April 16th, 2006, 09:32 PM
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If the swivel pins are adjusted correctly it just preloads those bearings. They are tapered bearings just like the wheel bearings only smaller. If they are adjusted correctly I don't think there would be any play that you could feel by wiggling the wheel.

Any play in the wheels that you can feel by wiggling the tire and wheel (on a jack or jackstands) should be wheel bearings. And there should be very little play, but you sorta have to feel one that is adjusted correctly to know how much is ok.

The repair manual gives some tollerances which you can measure with a dial indicator but no one I know uses this method.

This has been working for me but I'm certainly not a pro so others may have something to add to this.
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Hey rover4x4 buy a fucken manual & take a reading class! Know it all punk!
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okay will do that also. I just usually always try and ask here since someone usually knows so trying to become a know it all but man its gonna take a very long time
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