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photo diy- wheel bearing "free-play" measurement

GREETS.

To start with, this was SUPPOSED to be a wheel bearing adjustment post. While rotating my tires, the front wheel bearings felt "loose" when I would check for play (grabbing tire, and vigorously shaking side to side on wheel----in relation to the axle).

When it came to an actual measurement, though, it was spot on.

Anyway, since I did the work, I thought I would at least post the diagnostic portion.
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Hey, G.

Thanks for another DIY; your facilities look excellent, we're all jealous.

I'm heading to the DIY sticky right now to add this, thanks again.

Take care and enjoy the ride,
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Can anyone tell me how to remove front wheel bearing in 2002 e320 4matic, or know a link that i could use thank you in advance.
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can u tell me where i can purchase that dial?
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can u tell me where i can purchase that dial?
Any good tool store. Harbor Freight sells one that is adequate for the task and you of course also need a proper mount for it, which again, any good tool store will have. You can also order such things through Sears.




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I am from the old school and a retired aircraft engineer but never used a dial gage on the wheel bearings. I believe if you cannot adjust the front wheel bearings without a dial gage better not do your own work on your car.
My method was to tighten the bearing with no play at all and then loosen the nut untill you have the slightest amount of play and that is that. Works for me and I have all the dial gages that are available but never used them on non driven wheel bearings.
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G, for your next writeup, please do a showdown between a Hazet cordless impact and the Snap-on "mother of all cordless impacts"
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Thank you G-AMG that was very nice and helpful.

For those who do not have the dial gauge, Just use small pocket flat screw driver. Fasten the nut gently till there is no clearance, then losen the nut very little (i.e. 1/8 turn) as long as you are able to move the washer on the bearing hardley side to side with the little pocket flat scew driver (with no clearance), you should be ok.
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Jacko30, does "tighten the bearing with no play at all" mean until you can not spin the rotor anymore, or just until you don't have a little play?
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Full instructions I got from WIS for anyone who needs help in the future.
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