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post #1 of (permalink) Old 12-31-2005, 04:51 PM Thread Starter
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Off-canter wheel

It's been a while since I've been on here, so Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year to everyone!

Recently, don't know when it happened, my left front wheel is off-canter. It's not dramatic, but it's not perpendicular to the ground. It drives fine, no vibration, wobble or imbalance, and there appears to be no play in the wheel to axel connection, any of the tie rod/steering assembly, or in the axels.

What can it be? Ball joints? Seals? HellifIknow...

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Re: Off-canter wheel

Is there any excessive tread wear?
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Re: Off-canter wheel

None... Tires only have about 500miles on them and there isn't any visible wear on the problem wheel.
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Re: Off-canter wheel

A camber difference, passenger to drivers side will cause the Jeep to pull toward the more positive side. So, is the Jeep pulling to one side? It may be slight.

I'd be looking at the <ul type="square">[*]knuckles[*]Ball Joints[*]Wheel Bearings[*]Spindle[/list]
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Re: Off-canter wheel

No pulling is noticed...but it could be. I haven't been on that straight of a road to notice. I figured it has to be something slight w/ the knuckle or ball joint, but still can't visibly notice it. I'm taking it into an offroad shop here to have it looked at...i'll keep you posted.
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Re: Off-canter wheel

If the wheel being off canter you mean positive or negative posture from center line as going from the ground to the fender (what we would call off kilter) then I bet it to be a bad upper ball joint, easy to replace if you have a remover. Little tougher if you don't. Drive it to Indiana I will change them for you!!
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Re: Off-canter wheel

Unless Camber is way way off, it won't pull (Caster does.) But it will cause excessive tire wear. 500 miles on new tires it hard to tell about wear.

Spray a line of spray paint across the tread on both tires.
Drive it a short distance, then you can see how the paint wears off.
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