Front Wheel Bearings Diagnosis

Tools Required

Dial Indicator

The following procedure describes how to inspect the wheel bearing/hub for excessive looseness.

Object Number: 519537  Size: DEFAULT


    If you are inspecting the FRONT wheel bearing/hub, support the front of the vehicle by the lower control arms in order to load the lower ball joint.

  1. Raise and support the vehicle.
  2. Mount and secure the dial indicator to a stand.
  3. Ensure that the Dial indicator contacts the vertical surface of the wheel as close as possible to the top wheel stud.
  4. Push and pull on the TOP of the tire.
  5. Inspect the total movement indicated by the Dial indicator .
  6. If the measurement exceeds 0.127 mm (0.005 in), replace the wheel bearing/hub.