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Old 03-16-2008, 10:50 PM   #1
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Default Front wheel bearing going?

So I noticed a shake in the steering wheel on the '04 Lesabre. Only at about 40mph and up. Wheel shakes back and forth like 1/4" each way. No unusual noises, though.

Got home, checked all the lugnuts and hub nuts (all OK). No visible missing wheel weights or tire bubbles/flat spots/wear issues. Jacked up the front. Right front wheel has no play. Left front wheel has a tiny bit of play in all directions. It feels like a shaft in too large a bearing, if that makes sense, and even "clunks" a bit at the end of the play.

Sound like a wheel bearing? What happens if I let this go a few weeks?
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Left side sounds like a bearing to me with the clunking.
I wouldn't plan any big trips but around town you should be fine for a while, just watch things don't get worse.
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I'm curious, what would happen if the bearing completely failed.
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I'm curious, what would happen if the bearing completely failed.
It is likely it will make so much noise, you won't let it completely fail. I have had a front wheel bearing make a lot of noise. When I replaced it, I took the noisy one apart. There was nothing visibly wrong. Bearing tolerances are so critical, it can be difficult to measure any problems with failed bearings (of course I have seen some destroyed bearings that were obvious, but they were not front wheel bearings).
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