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Could I have damaged the bearings/cone when replacing a tire? Front wheel wobbles side to side

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Asked by: Mary Marie

It’s unlikely you damaged the cones or bearings while changing the tire, but you can destroy the entire hub very quickly if you ride on a hub with loose cones.

How do you tighten a cone bearing?

Tighten adjustment:

  1. Use a cone wrench and hold cone from moving. Note position and angle of wrench.
  2. Use another wrench on locknut and loosen by turning counter-clockwise.
  3. Recall angle of cone wrench and tighten adjustment by turning cone clockwise 1/32nd of a turn. Imagine cone wrench extending to the rim.


Should wheel bearings have play?

As a rule, there should be no perceptible play in the wheel bearing if you are pulling and tugging on a wheel 12 and 6 o’clock, but up to . 010 inch of. play in the front bearings may be acceptable on some old vehicles cars and trucks with adjustable bearings.

Can wheel bearing fall off?

If your wheel bearing fails, it can cause the wheel to stop while you are driving or possibly even to fall off. At the very least, before a wheel falls off, a failed wheel bearing can/will cause significant damage to your vehicle, so it’s very important to keep an eye on these and keep them maintained.

What does side to side wheel play mean?

Re: Front Wheel Play ( Left to Right )



If you have side to side movement of the tire and no movement when you grab it from top to bottom it usually indicates tie rods. The strut will turn with the play. Each side has two tie rods, an inner and outer.

How tight should cone bearings be?


Quote from video: It should be tight. But this is not require Herculean effort on your part. During the tightening process the cone will back off slightly. And should make your adjustment nearly spot-on.

How tight should cone nuts be?

Usually snug it and then wrench it maybe a quarter turn, but you should be able to feel if it’s too tight or too loose. Too tight and you might feel the bearings running rough and too loose you will feel the driver shift.

How do you know if your front wheel bearings are bad?

Quote from video: It typically gets louder the faster you go and it makes a howling noise almost like there's a lot of wind noise or tire noise more than normal.

How do you check front wheel bearings?

Quote from video: Now a lot of them go. Without any movement when the bearing is still shot making a noise and here's how I found a quick way to test it I spin it as fast as I can. And you hear that noise. And I'll see

How do I know I have a bad wheel bearing?

Top Warning Signs Your Wheel Bearings Need Replacement

  1. Humming Noise. The most easily identifiable and common symptom of bad wheel bearings is audible. …
  2. Squealing, Growling. …
  3. Clicking Sound. …
  4. Wheel Wobble. …
  5. ABS Failure. …
  6. Uneven Tire Wear. …
  7. Vehicle Pulls to One Side. …
  8. Steering Wheel Vibration.

What can I use if I don’t have a cone wrench?

You can purchase a cone wrench at most bicycle shops, but if you are a all about DIY, then you can also make your own using nothing but an angle grinder and an old box wrench like the one shown in this photo. A bicycle axle cone nut is actually a threaded bearing race.

What does cone bearing mean?

Definitions of cone-bearing. adjective. of or relating to or part of trees or shrubs bearing cones and evergreen leaves. synonyms: coniferous evergreen. (of plants and shrubs) bearing foliage throughout the year.

What is a bearing cup?

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What can I use if I don’t have a cone wrench?

You can purchase a cone wrench at most bicycle shops, but if you are a all about DIY, then you can also make your own using nothing but an angle grinder and an old box wrench like the one shown in this photo. A bicycle axle cone nut is actually a threaded bearing race.

How do you tighten a bearing on a bike?

Quote from video: It's possible to fix a loose wheel bearing simply by making adjustments to the cone that's located on this side that i have easier access to so i'll place my cone wrench onto this cone. Here.

How do you fix cup and cone bearings?

Quote from video: Some more grease over the bearings. And carefully slide the axle back in engage. The power wrist again to install the cones. You want to make sure that your threads are equally spaced.

How do you service cup and cone bearings?

Quote from video: Place the bearings on one side of your tray next to the cone. And lock nut from the same side.

What does cone bearing mean?

Definitions of cone-bearing. adjective. of or relating to or part of trees or shrubs bearing cones and evergreen leaves. synonyms: coniferous evergreen. (of plants and shrubs) bearing foliage throughout the year.

What is a bearing cup?

Tapered roller bearing cups, or bearing races, are the outer ring around which the bearing rides. Combine roller bearing cups with tapered roller bearing cones to create tapered roller bearings that allow you to carry maximum combinations of radial and thrust loads simultaneously.