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Re: [T3] Front Axle

On 12 Oct 2004 at 20:28, Rus wrote:

> well im not exactly sure i thought that the front wheel bearings was shot
> because the wheel was like it was loose.....it moved around alot.....so i
> took off the wheels and its not the wheel bearings.....it has to do with the
> steering itself.....like in the torsion arm and steering box and
> such...........its really loose in that area.....

You need to pin down the problem a bit more. Probably the best way is to get a 
second person who can shake things while you feel around and find which parts 
are moving.

A common problem is that the upper trailing arms are held in place by a torsion 
bar, the anti-sway bar, that runs between them. The attachement of this bar 
sometimes gets loose on the left side. You can see this if someone grabs the 
top of one wheel and pulls it in and out while you look or feel where the upper 
trailing arm comes out of the axle beam. If there is more than 1mm of motion 
there, then this part needs attention. 

The up side is that this can be easy to fix, just tighten the set screw and 
lock nut. See your Bentley manual for details.

The down side is that if this has been loose for a long time, then it will have 
enlarged the hole in the left trailing arm and it will never stay tight until 
you replace the trailing arm.

BUT.... Don't just assume this is your problem, YOU have to tell us where your 
play is. Then we can help you better.

BTW, there are 4 grease fittings on the front axle beam. They each need grease 
at least once a year. You're doing this, right?   ;-)

Jim Adney
Madison, WI 53711-3054

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