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2001 CLK 430...

The front left wheel is slightly loose - has a tiny bit of play when up on a lift.

I thought I needed an alignment until it was on the lift and I found the wheel had some play in it.

Is this a simple bearing swap out, or is it the hub, or knuckle?

I'm pretty much planning on doing it myselft, unless I hear that it's too much of a hassle for a back yard mechanic.

Any thoughts / advice on this?

BTW, I'm running stock 17" AMG chromies with RENNTech suspension.

Before I had the wheels pulled & tires replaced, I had absolutely NO shaking, though the car did pull to the left quite a bit.
I had uneven wear on the front wheels, particularly the left one, with the outside heavily worn.

I took the car back and had the wheels rebalanced, and still moderate steering wheel shaking between 40 - 70 mph.

Thanks for any feedback on this!
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You should check tie rods along with wheel bearing. there are two tests to check these
1. Hold the wheel from sides i.e your hands are on the right and left of the wheel. Try moving in horizontally right and left and check play. If there is some play that means the tie rod needs a replacement.
2. Now hold the wheel from top and bottom , move it vertically up and down. If there play, bearings need replacement.

Bearings are available for $27 at and for tierod assembly( note its a one big peice together for right and left) called centerlink or draglink , you can get it of ebay from anything between $100-150. Dealers cost is $250 just for part.

As for replacing it yourself. Bearing is an easy job if you have done something like that earlier. Tie rod assembly requires lifting of the car as it runs from left to right wheel.
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