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    can't be aligned because of a hub

    Okay, so I took my car to have it aligned and they said it couldn't be aligned because the hub was loose.

    They showed me on the car by tugging back and forth on the wheel there's about 1-2mm of movement. It makes sense if the hub was jacked, that would be loose, so I replaced the hub. They said all the other parts checked out fine, ball joints, tie rods, etc, all are great.

    After I replaced the hub and took it back to have it aligned, it's got the same situation.

    These people say that I must have had the hub replaced with another bad hub. The chances of that??? astronomical? Also, I messed around with the hub and felt no play in them before they were put on the car.

    Anyone have any suggestions?

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    You will not feel any play in the hub unless its rey back when it off th car. It is posible that you got a bad hub. Where did you buy it and did you buy the cheap one or the good one?

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    tugging back and forth meaning tugging the top and bottom of the wheel, or the front and back of the wheel?

    it is possible you got a bad hub out of the box.

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    Dumb question how exactly do the wheel bearings work on our cars are they like a 2WD s10 or a 4Wd s10.(redneck terms) The wheel bearings contained in a hub or held on by the rotor. I've changed brakes on all these set ups but can't remember how the f body worked for some reason Iknow I had the rotors turned on my wifes 99 Z28 but don't remember repacking wheel bearings. Sorry for the stray question.

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    they are a sealed bearing hub.


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    Quote Originally Posted by mrr23 View Post
    they are a sealed bearing hub.

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    Thanks dude I couldn't remember sounds like a bad hub then?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrr23 View Post
    tugging back and forth meaning tugging the top and bottom of the wheel, or the front and back of the wheel?

    it is possible you got a bad hub out of the box.
    tugging/pushing on the forward and rear part of the front tire.

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    this is the hub.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DrMilhouse View Post
    tugging/pushing on the forward and rear part of the front tire.
    as in a left/right movement? if so, that's a tie rod. if they are holding the top/bottom of the wheel and pulling/pushing inward/outward, then hub.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrr23 View Post
    as in a left/right movement? if so, that's a tie rod. if they are holding the top/bottom of the wheel and pulling/pushing inward/outward, then hub.
    It's left/right motion, it's NOT like camber adjustment (top/bottom in/out) movement.

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    wow, so they had you replace a hub over a tie rod issue. nice.

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    the tie rod was replaced pretty recently too.

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    there are two per side. an inner and outer.

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    Does the steering wheel vibrate while cruising at highway speed?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stephen Griner View Post
    Does the steering wheel vibrate while cruising at highway speed?
    No, it seems fine.

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    There's an inner and an outer tie rod on each side. Best bet is to go ahead and replace the other one as well.

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    Wow take your car some place else!! This shop seems to have you all screwed up.

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    That's what I thought, that's why I took it somewhere else and they told me the same thing about the hub. I had it aligned today and had new tires put on. They don't guarantee the alignment because they think the hub is bad.

    the guy that does all of my other work for me replaced the hub and said everything is fine and they're on crack.

    At least I can drive straight for now.

    I need new struts pretty soon so when I do that, I'll be able to take a closer look at anything else that might be slightly loose.

    thanks guys!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrr23 View Post
    as in a left/right movement? if so, that's a tie rod. if they are holding the top/bottom of the wheel and pulling/pushing inward/outward, then hub.
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