how to fix the play in the rear wheel of 97 toyota tercel

Asked by Feb 24, 2015 at 05:47 PM about the 1997 Toyota Tercel 2 Dr CE Coupe

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

just replaced the rear wheel bearings when jacked up i can grab the wheel and wiggle it
back and forth. Is that normal? How do I fix that. I have tried tightening the axle nut but
when I drive the car the nut backs off a little

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No that's not normal. Possibly the bearings were installed wrong, backwards if that's even possible, not all the way on spindle, wrong bearings. The axle spindle nut torque spec is 166 ft/lbs, and that's TIGHT. Then it has a retainer and cotter pin so it won't back off like yours ids doing

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