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Location: West central Indiana
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Left front axle locking up!
Our 99 Tahoe broke the front swaybar. While replacing the swaybar, I found that the driver's side wheel was VERY hard to turn. Altho the PO had installed wheel bearings about 4-5 months ago, I guessed that the left front bearing was bad. But, when I took the axle nut loose, the axle turned freely. I took the axle out of the bearing and the bearing is fine.
But, when I tightened the axle nut back up, the axle locked completely up. If I loosen the axle nut it becomes free again. I checked the bearing/hub assembly and they appear to be installed correctly. I tightened all three mounting bolts evenly to keep the assembly from binding. I took the nut loose and tightened it a few times and it always came free when loose and locked right up when tight. Obviously something is binding!
Anyone ever have this problem or know how to fix it?