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Q: Rear passenger side tire has some play in it, steering has become erratic... on 1996 Lincoln Mark VIII

I noticed my car has started to wonder on its' own while on the hiway. There isn't any indication of alignment problem. At the same time I noticed the rear tire had some play in it when given a push/pull. Could it be the bearing is in need of replacement?
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It could be the wheel bearings, however, there would usually be a warning sign of impending bearing failure, a growling sound like skate board wheels. Check the Hub nut for tightness. It should be around 200 ft lbs torque. If bearing replacement is necessary it is replaced as a HUB and BEARING assembly. - Front Hub & Bearing F6SZ1104BA $155.23ea - Rear Suspension - Wheel Bearings E9DZ1215A $83.30ea. Labor times are for each front hub and bearing 1.5 hours and 2.5 for each rear wheel bearing. Check with your local dealership for updated parts and price information. Here is an estimator guide for prices in your area;
Thanks for the heads up my friend, I actually went ahead and booked it for a look over by my local Ford dealer. I'm going to take the mech tech for a ride on Wed morning. He mentioned another possibility, the alignment assemblies on the wheel could also cause the prob....guess I will see. If it turns out that way, no twisting wrenches by me...
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