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Play in front passenger tire

Play in front passenger tire

Postby sopple504 [OP] » Sep 29 2013, 11:17pm

So in the past month I have replaced just about every part of my frońt suspension. I've replaced both wheel hubs, cv axles, upper and lower ball joints, upper control arms, pitman arm, steering gear, idler arm, idler arm pivot bracket, inner and outer tie rod ends, shocks and the center link. The ball joints, upper control arms, wheel hubs and outer tie rod ends are Moog brand. The rest are Raybestos and Napa brands. Last week I took the truck to get an alignment and was told they could not align it because the idler arm had a lot of play in it, which they showed me and I saw what they were talking about. So I bought a Moog idler arm and put it in today, thought that'd solve problem, well no. If I grab the tire at 3 and 9 o'clock and shake it, theres still alot of play. The driver side is tight and has no play at all. So before I go and throw more new parts at this truck, I'd like to figure out what the real problem is. Any help or ideas would be greatly appreciated! Truck is an 04 silverado 5.3 z71.
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Re: Play in front passenger tire

Postby RIPPEDK20RIPPEDK20 is online! » Sep 29 2013, 11:50pm

How is your idler arm mount?
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Re: Play in front passenger tire

Postby sopple504 [OP] » Sep 30 2013, 12:05am

That's one of the new parts but the shaft did move slightly when I shook the tire, I didn't think it looked too bad though.
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Re: Play in front passenger tire

Postby RIPPEDK20RIPPEDK20 is online! » Sep 30 2013, 12:14am

If you have play in the wheel; there is only going to be so many places it can come from. Tie rods, ball joints, wheel hub, control arm mounting locations.

if you can forcefull jerk the rear of the tire( 9 o clock position) then its most likely a ball joint.. If you can easily move the front of the tire (3 o clock position) then its most like a tie rod or from the steering.

have you put a bar under the tire to check play? did you not tighten something?

do you have a video of the play???

do you have a buddy that can help you look while you wiggle the tire?
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Re: Play in front passenger tire

Postby sopple504 [OP] » Sep 30 2013, 12:42am

I'll have to take a video of it. I didn't see any movement in the ball joints when I shook the tire. What do you mean by putting a bar under the tire? To pull up on the tire?
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Re: Play in front passenger tire

Postby RIPPEDK20RIPPEDK20 is online! » Sep 30 2013, 12:48am

pick the truck up by the control arm, so theres like 2" inches under the tire, use a long pry bar and check for up and down play.. may find a bad ball joint...even though you put new parts, you may have had a bum one
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Re: Play in front passenger tire

Postby sopple504 [OP] » Oct 06 2013, 5:36pm

Alright so I finally had some time to mess around with the truck. I put a bar under the tire and there was no movement. I got a video of the inner tie rod and idler arm pivot bracket. The pivot bracket looks like there too much play in it so that's what I'm leaning towards as bad.

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