[V6-12v] HELP! Front Wheel Bearing Problem

mike mikemk40 at yahoo.com
Sun Sep 5 07:53:09 EDT 2004

Try the same rocking test with someone applying the

if it still rocks you need a wheel bearing

if it doesn’t rock the problem is bush/joint related

My money is on the bearing but I’m staggered you
didn’t notice the noise


--- Edward Sluis <emsluis at hotmail.com> wrote: 
> Help Please!!
> Heres a quick run down of the problem thus far.
> About a month ago I started getting a squeeking
> sound as I drove, it sounded 
> just like I needed new brakes.  So a couple days ago
> I finally got around to 
> picking up some pads and got to work replacing the
> brakes.  To my surprise, 
> the pads had pleanty of material left.  I wasn't
> sure what to do so I just 
> cleaned off all the rotors and pads with brake
> cleaner and put the wheels 
> back on.
> As I was putting the front passanger side wheel on I
> noticed something odd.  
> The car was up on stands and I tightened the lug
> nuts down as much as 
> possible before the wheel spun but the wheel still
> seamed loose.  I grasped 
> it at the top and bottom and found that I could
> easily rock it in and out 
> about 1/2 inch at the top of the wheel, the same
> travel was found when I 
> tried rocking it side to side.  It looked like the
> lug nuts were loose, so I 
> lowered the car and torqued the lug nuts down I then
> jacked it back up and 
> the wobble was still there.
> I checked the drivers side wheel and that was solid,
> not play at all.  But 
> the passanger side just seems to wobble around in
> the hub.  I looked at the 
> hub and bearing area for about an hour and I could
> not figure out how that 
> all comes apart.  The only bolt I can see is the one
> holding the half shaft 
> in the hub.
> Does anyone have any experiance with a problem like
> this?  I have stopped 
> driving the car since it seems like the wheel is
> about to fall off.  Any 
> advice would be greatly appreciated.
> Thanks Ed.
> 1992 Audi 100CS (not a quatro)
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