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    Default Loose wheel help

    Front wheel is loose top and bottom but not side to side, I am thinking CV joint but the parts guy is thinking wheel bearing, it never made noise like the passenger side bearing but the passenger side wheel is loose also and I replaced the beaing last year. Is their a way to tell for certain if it is a wheel baring?

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    Up and down could be control arm bushings or ball joints. Most bad wheel bearings I have seen will move up and down and side to side. I would jack it up and have someone else move it while you look. you should be able to pinpoint the source. A bad cv joint should not effect the the way the wheel moves when wiggling it to check for bad suspension components. If you remove the caliper, brake pads and rotor you can turn the hub by hand and listen for any grinding and feel for any crunching. if you leave the brake pads on, they drag on the rotor and produce a noise that can make it hard to listen to the hub. if you still question if it is the hub after you pull the pads and check the hub then I would pull the cv shaft out and check the hub again. A really bad hub without the pressure from the cv shaft nut squeezing it together should be pretty loose and have lateral movement.

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    What model year is your truck and how many miles does it have on it? Are all the suspension parts still OE?
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    take the wheel off remove the rotor and using a pry bar look for the wear point...

    this can be many things ... my guess a wheel bearing/hub assy worn... CV joints NO...

    Chinese hubs do fail in a short amount of time also these if not torqued properly will do this.

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    Thanks:I,ll double check bearings. 2005 160k.

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    Bad wheel bearing: Thanks, with the miles I should have guessed.

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