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Old 07-29-2019, 05:42 PM   #1
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Wobbeling Front Wheel?


The front left tire on my Dodge pickmup is occasionally wobbling around 50 MPH. Not always but when it happens I slow down and all's well. It's only happened twice in the last two months.

what is causing that, worn tie rods, ball joint??

I'm hoping to fix it myself but I'm not what you'd call a mechanic!
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Old 07-29-2019, 06:00 PM   #2
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Re: Wobbeling Front Wheel?


Could be a few different things.

Catch a YouTube video on how to check the bearings, tie rod ends, and ball joints. Inspect all the bushings for cracking / degradation.

It could also be an alignment issue or a wheel/ tire issue.

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Darn I was hoping for something simple .. I've never worked on any of those things ..
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Re: Wobbeling Front Wheel?


maybe a busted belt?
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Belt in the tire you mean? This had only happened twice like I said?
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Re: Wobbeling Front Wheel?


Dumb question maybe, but how do you know it's the left-hand wheel?
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I had a similar symptom once that turned out to be a stone lodged in the rim, throwing it off balance.
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I’d check the ball joints, steering linkage on the drivers side and the wheel bearings for play/looseness.

2 or 4 wheel drive.

If you’ve never attempted a steering repair before, I highly recommend finding someone to guide you or have the repairs done. There is no redundant system for steering, when it goes while in motion you’re at the mercy of dumb luck.

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Yeah I think I'll have a pro look at it, way past my knowledge,

thanks for the good advice guys!
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I was just throwing out ideas...im not a wrench turner...hence me being on CT

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Did you even drive by a disabled vehicle where the front tire is turned a full 100 degrees and folded out? This sounds like that is about to happen any moment, (whatever that is).
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did you check the lug nuts????
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If it's a wobble tie rod ends, idler arm, etc. Bounce or vibration balljoint, wheel balance. That's assuming lug nuts are tight and tire is fine.
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Yeah I think I'll have a pro look at it, way past my knowledge,

thanks for the good advice guys!
I'd go out there and jack it up and put a big demo bar under it and see if it moves up&down when you lift up on it. That would be the wheel bearings. They are not hard to replace.
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Re: Wobbeling Front Wheel?


A1 Auto has a lot of good you tube videos on front ends. They also sell parts. Front ends aren't that complex.
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A1 Auto has a lot of good you tube videos on front ends. They also sell parts. Front ends aren't that complex.
Up here, you just need a few tools, impact wrench (1500ftlbs isn't too much), and oxy acetylene torch to heat things up.

Jack, stands, chocks....
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Up here, you just need a few tools, impact wrench (1500ftlbs isn't too much), and oxy acetylene torch to heat things up.

Jack, stands, chocks....
Yup,, same here. I'd like to get a air hammer next.
My ball joints are ready and that other bummer thing.
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Re: Wobbeling Front Wheel?


That is called a "death Wobble"

I have had that a few times, 50 mph and hit a bump or a pothole. In my case the problem was worn out of balance tire. Get a steering stabilizer while you are at it.

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Re: Wobbeling Front Wheel?


Well if you jack it up and grab the wheel and you can rock it I would say it's the ball joint.

Maybe you have a bent rim
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Wheel weight fell off.

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