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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 04-11-2019, 01:58 PM Thread Starter
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Bad bearing or Camber off?

🧐 ok all I need help. Got this 93 7.3 2wd idi all stock, run great. Alignment is good to go, no wandering, tie rods are firm, no play when I lift the truck and try to move the tire.
Heres my problem, when driving between 60 to 65-70 mph, I feel my driver front tire "shaking" . It only occurs around those speeds. I've also noticed outside tire wear on the same tire only. I dont feel any cupping, just a slight feathering on the outside edge of that tire. All others are running fine, no push back on brake pedal, alignment stays straight. No pulling or excessive play in steering. I do notice a wobble when turning right only, not left.

I thought camber at first but I'm more inclined to go with the bearing. Just got done paying taxes don't want to start blindly throwing money into it.

How can I check camber in the garage? If it's a bearing how do I check it for play? I lifted the truck and tried to check for wheel play but guess I'll have to remove tire and see if I have pay in the bearing?

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Re: Bad bearing or Camber off?

Cupped tire is either a bad shock, bad tire balance, or tire out of round because tire core seperation

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Cupped tire is either a bad shock, bad tire balance, or tire out of round because tire core seperation



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Tires are almost new came with the truck which I bought about a month ago, despite the tire in question they still have about 5/8 off an inch of meat on them. Like I said I don't see or feel any cupping going on. Just wearing on the outer edge of the driver side tire and the wonky feel at the speeds or the slightest wheel movement left.

Was asking around guess I'll swap the front tires side to side and see if the problem changes to the other side then I can narrow it to the tire.
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Correction I meant feeling wonky with slightest wheel movement to the right. Left feels smooth and fluid.
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Re: Bad bearing or Camber off?

All you can do is Jack up the front and check everything. Check bearings, ball joints, track bars, rods and gear. if everything is tight then it will need an alignment check. Shake at three and 9 for steering stuff, 6 and 12 checks bearings and ball joints

Just because it doesn't pull or wander doesn't mean the alignment is good. It's pretty rare for solid axle stuff to go out in camber or caster if the parts are tight. But it can happen, there's shims for it. Could also be a toe wear, and toe doesn't cause a pull, unless it's way off.

Can't be checked in you're driveway, not without a bubble gauge and those suck anyway.

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Thanks I'll swap the two front tires to see if there is any change, if not then I'll have to get the alignment after double checking the bearings again. I follow up after I get the alignment done, thanks for input. I check back in
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Re: Bad bearing or Camber off?

i have to agree with Charlie on this one, it sounds like that tire is out of balance .

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Re: Bad bearing or Camber off?

Swapping radial tires side to side without turning them around on the wheels is a recipe for disaster.
It will cause the tire to separate inside.
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Thanks for all your input. Just got back from shop. Turns out that was a bad tire, someone tried to balance it I guess when installed and there was so much weight that it looked like it covered half the rim. You could also see where a few weights had fallen off. Luckily I had good enough credit was able to get 2 new financed, and now the ride is smooth as butter no more wobble.
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