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Yesterday when I tightened up the wayward axel nut, it turned quite stiffly, as if it was pulling the axel splines deeper into the hub. I turned it as tight as I could using the giant box end wrench (because there was no 32mm socket available). That took only about half of the wobble and free play out of the hub so I was thinking that the bearing was ruined. Today I drove the car a few blocks to pick up my dog from her play date. The oscillating sound was gone. I think it was caused by the play in the hub allowing the rotor to wobble, clipping the edge of the brake pads.
This was encouraging so I took the wheel off again when I got home. I put the wrench back on the nut and found that I was able to get another 1/3 of a turn out of it and now all the wobble and free play is gone from the hub and everything seems tight and spins normally.
Iím now wondering if I should go buy a 32mm socket (thereís a big torque wrench in the tool box) and just torque the nut to spec and be done with it, or take it in to a repair shop for a proper tear down and inspection. Any advice?
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