i've got the whole thing apart right now and when i saw the back of the spindle, my heart sank. there was a lot of play in the wheel so i decided to replace the wheel bearings. once i got it pulled apart, i noticed some flaking metal at the back of the spindle. i'm going to take a picture of this in a few minutes and post it. i wanted to get the ball rolling with this initial post though. man... i hope this isn't what i think it is. talk about a depressing saturday after noon. for what it's worth, this is not the first time someone has been in there. the outer most nut had very bad marks on it and the lock washer is hammered. i want to track down the P.O. and smack him soooo hard right now. ok, ok, make that the monkey who was in there last. i'm so hot right now... i think i'm going to walk away for a few minutes.