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    Too much play in both front wheels.

    Hello, was changing out my tires yesterday and noticed that both wheels had quite a lot of play in them. I was able to shake them and move them alot. i dont think this is right.

    is it a steering issue? when i drive i do not notice it much at all. but there is defintely a lot of play there.

    any advise appreciated.

    Baba_HT

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    Play in which direction? 12:00-6:00, or 3:00-9:00?

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    I believe its more 12 to 3

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    That wasn't one of the options, lol. Does it move with your hands at the top and bottom, or on the sides?

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    Hmm I believe side to side

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    Ok, side to side is a steering linkage issue. Tie rod ends are the most likely.

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    Thanks.

    How much am I looking at to get fixed. Or can I do it solo. I am average tinkerer. I replace fluids and do brakes myself. Nothing beyond that.

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    Re: Too much play in both front wheels.

    You can do it. Except for the front end alignment. When I changed the ones on my Tracer, I made a mark on the tie rod and measured to the center of the tie rod end. After screwing the new ones in to that exact same measurement, I tightened everything back up. Some people recommend counting threads on the tie rods but that only works when all parts are identical. It has been over five years, tires wear perfectly and still no front end alignment.

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    Forgot to mention a couple of things:
    The tie rod ends were about to drop out when I bought the car. That would cause a total loss of steering control.
    They only cost about $15.00 each. Well worth it.

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    Re: Too much play in both front wheels.

    Quote Originally Posted by Skier-24 View Post
    You can do it. Except for the front end alignment. When I changed the ones on my Tracer, I made a mark on the tie rod and measured to the center of the tie rod end. After screwing the new ones in to that exact same measurement, I tightened everything back up. Some people recommend counting threads on the tie rods but that only works when all parts are identical. It has been over five years, tires wear perfectly and still no front end alignment.
    Good advice on measuring versus counting threads. I noticed on a different vehicle that the replacements were a different length from the originals.

    Outer tie rod ends are easy to change, inners though are a different story. Most times you need a tie rod tool to get the inners as there isn't enough room to work where they bolt to the steering.

    For the OP, if you have a helper then lie under the truck and have them turn the steering wheel slowly from side to side. You don't have to start the truck, you're not turning the wheels just the steering wheel. You can look and feel for slop in the tie rods as they work the wheel from inside. Inners from what I understand don't go bad as often so replacing the outers is a good and easy start to hopefully fix your problem.

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    Thanks for great advice. I purchased the rods and will install myself around mid week. Will keep u posted. .

    Cheers

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    Quote Originally Posted by Baba_HT
    Thanks for great advice. I purchased the rods and will install myself around mid week. Will keep u posted. . Cheers
    mine had a little play, i traced to the inner tie rods i greased the zurks and its good now, also check wheel bearing as well

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