Hmm, lets play a little game called piss-joe-off
Ok. For the first time ever, I just dug the oem jack out. Never used this mechanical screw jacks before.
It actually works, but I really should have started with a piece of 4x4 under it, 33s take FOREVER to lift.
Then I find out someone else drained my impact, so no charge. So back to breaker bar and impact socket.
Got it off after making a bed of pine branches to keep me out of the mud (this is a flooded area)
Ok. So first thing I notice, um where is the inner brake pad??? It's there, but not much more than a backing plate. Wonder how long that's been going on?
Ok. Now to check hub. Absolutely no play laterally, radially, or any other imaginable way.
On to axle shaft u joint test. Actually stub shaft isn't moving. I lied. The inner shaft moves a little. The u joint is also loose, it will need to be replaced as soon as I learn how to remove the outer knuckle...
So with everything else that is or could be faulty, I believe I may have found a slightly unusual culprit.
Could a caliper cause this? I think it could.When facing the rotor
, the caliper has minimal up and down play. Also has no "front to back" play. That may be confusing but keep in mind since I'm facing the rotor, that would be from driver to passenger side.
I then pulled it "left to right" (actually front of the truck to the rear of the truck) and noticed as much as 3/16" of movement, from the top bolt, while holding the bottom of the caliper steady. When holding the top the bottom has hardly a movement.
So, what I mean is, my upper caliper bushing (rubber) is either shot or missing. Kinda dark, couldn't see for sure.
Real cheap part, but I may end up replacing both calipers here real shortly anyways.
Might consider the "strong fix" as well.
By time I'm done, I will have completely re-engineered this thing into a "For-dodge-rolet"