Yeah, his problem sounds to be a ball joint thats about to go too
seeing as how he mentioned one of the wheels moves side to side. Wheels
shouldn't move side to side at all, that's in fact how to test for bad
On Sun, 17 Apr 2005 15:01:42 -0700, marlinspike wrote:
OK, now I'm confused. I was thinking that the tie-rods, which are
connected to the steering box, controlled the side-to-side (i.e.
steering) motion. I was also thinking that the upper and lower ball
joints allowed the wheel to pivot up and down on the control arms,
(vertical suspension movement) while allowing the tie-rods to move
the wheel assemblies left and right. My thinking was that rocking
the wheel at the 3 o'clock and 9 o'clock positions tested the
tie-rods more than the ball joints and that grabbing the wheel at
the 12 o'clock and 6 o'clock positions (OK, allowing for a few
degrees of caster) was more definitive for ball joints.
Of course, if the wheel bearings are shot/loose the wheel will
probably wiggle no matter where you grab it.
Any front end-wizards have a take on this?
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