Why might a front wheel not spin freely when up on blocks?

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Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Robert Poane on Monday, December 21, 2015 - 10:05 pm:

why might a front wheel not spin freely when up on blocks?

Last summer the new front wheel bearings worked fine. Took the car apart to paint it and now putting it back together the front wheels do not spin more than a quarter turn when I spin and let go.

Any suggestions? Whats too tight?

Thank you in advance. Bob


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Jack Daron - Brownsburg IN on Monday, December 21, 2015 - 10:11 pm:

Back off on the front cones,and check grease. You don't want them to tight.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Erik Barrett in Auburn Ca. on Tuesday, December 22, 2015 - 01:01 am:

Make sure that both of the spindles are on the correct side. The left side should have right hand threads, left hand threads on the right side. If this is not the case you are headed for trouble. The bearings will tighten up, overheat, and fail. Worth checking.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By David Stroud on Tuesday, December 22, 2015 - 01:36 am:

Robert, don't forget that when you adjust the bearing "just right" and then tighten the nut, that will tighten the bearing a bit too. Sometimes it takes a few tries to get it right. Dave


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Allan Bennett - Australia on Tuesday, December 22, 2015 - 02:25 am:

Robert, when it is all done and dusted, I like to be able to feel just a little play in the bearings when I wobble the wheel from top to bottom. It is better to have a smidgeon of play rather than any binding. When wobbling the wheel, make sure the play is in the bearings rather than in loose king pins.

Hope this helps.
Allan from down under.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Jerry VanOoteghem - SE Michigan on Tuesday, December 22, 2015 - 11:03 am:

Robert,

Pay special heed to Erik's comment about the spindles possibly being swapped around! If that's what's going on, you're in for a big mess if not corrected.


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