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Old 02-03-2013, 12:11 PM   #1
Sapperstang
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Play in wheel

Wifes car has 170K and is making a noise from the front right. When driving very slow, as in coming to a stop light you can hear what sounds like a grind or something. It is not constant and sounds like it has to do with the wheel turning. If you can imagine a grind coming from something turning you will have a sense of what I mean. Doesn't do it all the time and goes away as you get faster.

I went out and raised the car and there is a decent amount of play in the right front. I can move the wheel at least a cm back and forth in all four directions. The brake rotor moves as well of course. I lowered it and made sure the lugs were not loose and they weren't. Nothing looks out of place either.

I checked the left front and there is no play at all in that wheel. So it seems maybe the ball joint? I understand it is easier to replace the lower control arm instead of just the ball joint. Want to make sure this sounds consistent with a ball joint before I do anything.

Thanks.


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