Today was the day to find out why my front end has been making so much noise. Was driving 55 coming up to a stop light, started slowing down and felt something bad wrong in the front end. It felt like a slight drop down and felt a lot of resistance (like the brakes were on). Pulled it into (get this), a cemetery!! Debating what to do as it would still drive-Just had a bad feeling that I should not go any further. I was about 6 miles from home so I called AAA. Drove it onto the rollback and took it to one of my mechanics.
My mechanic has heard my complaints about the front end and hunting for a solution he changed the lower pass ball joint, and re-adjusted wheel bearing torque 2 weeks ago.
I asked him to make sure to turn steering hard to the left as it began the nasty vibration again a few days ago.
A half hour later, I had to go back and get some tools out of the back and noticed it was way out on the edge of his parking lot and there was a jack under the pass front and the tire was off. Looked at the spindle and saw the inner bearing sitting on it and didn't think anything if it.
He called me later and told me "The tire fell off in his parking lot while he was making a hard left turn
!!!!!" The spindle sheared between the inner and outer wheel bearings.
I'm glad I followed my gut and was not crazy that the front end was not right. It's been to 2 mechanics and I have jacked up the front end at least 10x's in the last couple of months.
Now I find that nobody makes the stupid spindle unless You want a 3" lift. I guess it will be off to the junk yard.
Hopefully someone else can learn something from my experience.