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weste46
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Re: intermittent right front vibration

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azureblue wrote: Tue Jan 28, 2020 10:09 am It is worth it to get a new one - I got mine from O'reilly and it was almost the same price as rockauto. $150 for passenger / $100 for driver side
Are they OE? I was looking at FCPEuro, theirs are over $300.
weste46
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Re: intermittent right front vibration

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I went to replace my wheel bearing over the weekend and instead found axial play in the outer joint of my driver's side axle (the side that is making noise.) I don't have any clicking, but I can feel play in the axle, and no play in the wheel bearing. The noise comes and goes, I can't decide which one to replace. I can still return the wheel bearing if I replace the axle and find that it's the problem, so I think I may do that first (local axle rebuilder has one in stock for $80.)

I will update when I solve my issue...
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Re: intermittent right front vibration

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Axle clicking happens when the CV joint wear is really advanced. An axle with small play can cause vibrations at 50mph+ Only a very worn bearing with clear play by hand will cause vibrations. Turn the bearing by hand with the axle removed, if it feels smooth it's good
weste46
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Re: intermittent right front vibration

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So my axle did have some axial play (in/out, not radial) but my vibration ended up becoming more and more like a normal wheel bearing failure and so I replaced the wheel bearing. It was indeed the wheel bearing. Very odd as it started off as an intermittent vibration only at low speed, but it eventually evolved into a high-speed vibration that would worsen when turning right.
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