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Originally posted by 46Willard 46Willard wrote:

I like to adjust the wheel bearings with the wheel/tire installed if possible. I grab the tire at the top and bottom and feel for the slightest amount of play. The term I was taught was "barely perceptible", similar to Bruce's no lash, no preload. Sometimes I will rest my forehead on the tire to help feel that slight play. I agree with Unkamonkey, that tightening the outer nut, tends to tighten the inner nut a little, so some times trial and error, to get the right setting. Also important to snug the inner bearing to seat it (squish grease). Seems like mo matter how precise I set the wheel bearings, after a few miles, the endplay will increase, but usually at an acceptable amount.
Your top and bottom check will work, but you must be certain that any movement isn't play in the steering knuckle upper and lower bearings. If they are in good shape then your technique would work fine.
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