Q: Issue with ball joint on hub bearing

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I am having either an issue with the ball joint in my right rear tire or the hub bearing.

A: Hi. I'm guessing your rear alignment is...

Hi. I'm guessing your rear alignment is out or the wheel/tire assembly has a lot of play. If you jack up the vehicle and have an assistant move the tire back and forth and up and down, you should be able to see which component has play. Using a floor jack and pry bar or a set of large channel lock pliers also works. Both ball joints and wheel bearings are safety items. I suggest you have the suspension components inspected by a certified technician, such as one from YourMechanic.

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