Side to Side wheel movement

Posted by spyder97gs, Jul 28, 2005

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  1. spyder97gs

    spyder97gs Proven Member

    Joined Dec 10, 2004
    Greencastle, Indiana
    My passenger side wheel wiggles side to side with about an inch of freeplay on both sides. What is this an indicator of? Tie-rods or balljoints? My axle needs replaced I know that already. My wheel squeaks, creecks, and everything else when driving. Thanks.

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  2. Spidey

    Spidey Proven Member

    Joined Sep 22, 2002
    Charlotte, North Carolina
    Sounds like you need a wheel bearing, how many miles are on the car?
    My DSM:
  3. GritsnGravy

    GritsnGravy Proven Member

    Joined Oct 28, 2004
    Brownsburg, Indiana
    I would bet it is the wheel bearing. Replace it and you should fix your problem.
  4. RamenPride

    RamenPride Proven Member

    Joined Aug 18, 2002
    Virginia Beach, Virginia
    I concur
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  5. wret

    wret Proven Member

    Joined Jul 3, 2003
    Bel Air, Maryland
    Does it move top and bottom or just side to side?
  6. ImportModder

    ImportModder Proven Member

    Joined May 30, 2002
    Washington, Wisconsin, Michigan
    Side to side indicated tie rods. Top to bottom AND side to side indicates wheel bearings. Bad wheel bearings make a roaring sound while driving. Hard to miss.
    My DSM:
    1996 Mitsubishi Eclipse GST

    15.621 @ 90.180 MPH
  7. spyder97gs

    spyder97gs Proven Member

    Joined Dec 10, 2004
    Greencastle, Indiana
    ONLY side to side. Now top and bottom movement. I put the front end back together, and when I originally took the tie-rod from the knuckle, I noticed the inner tie-rod just dropped straight down and had no stiffness to it. Last tie-rod I put on a car was rigid and not completely loose. Wheel bearings have been replaced recently. Did a motor swap and 5spd swap, trying to work all the bugs out now. Damn passenger side wheel is squeaking like crazy. It doesn't roar though.

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