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Adjustable Wheel Bearings

blog Wednesday, May 30, 2007 @ 9:39 PM
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ok for a while now I've noticed shaking at fast highway speeds...sometimes it would feel worse than others...tricking me into thinking sometimes it was the road...or maybe the tires, rims, alignment etc etc.
I've had many changes to my stang...and none of them affected this symptom, it was just hard to "accept" the facts about it since it was not all the time...and even up to 68 mph without any issues.
 
new rims, tires, alignment -although needed did not fix this issue.
 
today I got my car up on a lift for a tire rotation (again hoping one of my wheels were off balance) I asked my mechanic to shake the front tires for play (since that's what I envisioned my tires doing during the shaking)
 
sure enough, my passenger side was so wobbly I could see it from 3 feet away,
and my drivers side was not much better.
he mentioned that wheel bearings caused the play, so I checked online and found that our stangs have adjustable wheel bearings- and unless they make "noise" or feel "rough" when spinning the wheel- then they just need to be re-torqued/adjusted.
 
yay!
 
I'll have my stang booked with the mechanic for Friday, and hopefully it's just an adjustment that's needed.  Then maybe, just maybe my stang can drive 'X' mph like a new car. 
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88 Fox Saleen
May 31st, 2007 @ 5:24 PM


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takes 5 minutes to tighten the wheel bearings if they are not spent by now. they are not adjustable in any way. i would recommend you atleast remove the front rotors, repack the bearings w/ hi temp wheel bearing grease & reinstall them. however, its like 20.00 for all the front wheel bearings inner & outer! this is a do it yourselfer save money kind of thing & like me Nicole, i know you will like that plus its easy work. have a few beers & go to it. youll need a star socket to get your front calipers off for starters :-)

Jay

Nicoleb3x3
May 31st, 2007 @ 6:23 PM


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and- about "bolt on" question- will it all be the same bolt on with the lines/tie rods etc?

88 Fox Saleen
May 31st, 2007 @ 6:36 PM


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the 5.0 rack will bolt right in. mine still has the 4 cyl rack & is leaking so badly now you wouldnt believe. i would also look into lower ball joints. the problem you are describing has those characteristics as well.

88 Fox Saleen
May 31st, 2007 @ 6:37 PM


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the 4 cylinder & 5.0 K members are the same also :-)

Nicoleb3x3
May 31st, 2007 @ 6:57 PM


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is there an ajustment to eliminate play in the rack???

but yeah,  this play is definately the rack and not the ball joints or outter tie rods

the kmembers are not identical- but from what I gather so far allow universal fit to 4 banger to v8 cars- but I do recall the donor stang had a beefer looking kmember for sure.

 

Nicoleb3x3
May 31st, 2007 @ 10:14 PM


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anyone know how difficult it is to change the rack?

gtstangbang
Jun 1st, 2007 @ 9:13 AM


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oh yeah...you may want to count the threads on the rack where the tie rod ends are so you can at least get it close if your going to drive it to the front end shop, and you should get 2 new cotter pins for the tie rod end castle nuts....



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