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Old 10-19-2009, 12:21 PM
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Hi, I'm new to the board. I just got a 99 ranger from a family memeber. I took it to a mechanic to have an inspection done and he told me that I need new wheel bearings, I also thought this because it was shaking a little at highway speed. I have changed and/or repacked the wheel bearings on my old nissan pickup plenty of times. I changed the wheel bearings out. I was unable to get one of the caliper bolts out of the driver side while the wheels were locked straight. So I turned the steering wheel while one tire was on the ground and the other was off. I finished replacing everything. Now when I drive, and I do a sharp right hand turn, I get a lot of shudder/shaking in the the driver side wheel. I took of the wheel, and checked the bearing grease pack which was fine. I replaced everything and tried shaking the hub, and found I could not move it.

I am thinking that i either threw my allingment out by turning the wheels, maybe because there was tension on the wheel on the ground and not on the other. Or that I bent the lower ball joint in the process. I was planning on getting the allignment done, which will only cost $65, but I just wanted to be armed with some info in case they claim it is something else.

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Old 10-19-2009, 12:22 PM
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Oh yeah it is a 2wd, 4 cylinder, 2.5L, 166k miles.
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Old 10-19-2009, 12:39 PM
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if it's got 166k, I'd really start to look into doing all the balljoints(uppers and lowers), and at least outer tie rod ends. My theory is that once you fixed one problem(the wheelbearings), it in-turn brought to light another issue.


And for what it's worth, I really don't think you messed up anything alignment wise by just doing what you did. Unless your one strong mo-fo that bent a tie-rod. lol.
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Old 10-19-2009, 01:01 PM
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Thanks, I will check the ball joints. I was having a problem with the steering at all before I did the wheel bearings. I only noticed this immediately after I put everything back together.
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Old 10-19-2009, 02:25 PM
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ball joints or king pins some thing has given up the ghost just need to find it !
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Old 01-16-2010, 02:16 PM
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a simple thing to check is if the p/s fluid is airated. This is common when the engine is off and you turn the wheels, especially on fords. I would suspect an internal rack and pinion issue (spool valve, etc.) Unless a ball joint is obviously damaged/worn, i doubt is a ball joint. Ball joints will give you a loose feeling while driving at high speeds. Good luck!
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Old 05-07-2011, 05:36 PM
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REVIVAL!!!
OK, I work at a shop- Pulled my truck in and checked the alignment on our Hunter rack(optical target type) and immediately after backing off the rack i have a shudder in the steering wheel under slow speed turning- only when turning. Not a rotor/braking issue. Only does it when making slow speed turns into parking lots and the like.
Side note- steering rack has had slight leak out of one of the passenger side bellows boot since I purchased it- not severe. Have put Lucas steering stop leak in and not sure if it stopped it, but it hasn't become worse.
My thinking is either the rack has an internal issue and needs replaced- or the pump is giving up the ghost. Is either one more likely than the other? Any common issues with either one? Thanks in advance for any advice!
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