I've just recently started having issues with vibrations while braking, I had another thread about it but decided to start a new one as I now have the issue localized, but I don't know where to go from here.
I noticed pulsations in the steering wheel and pedal when slowing down, and performed all the standard steering and suspension checks. My steering rack does not move when the wheel is pulled back and forth, but when I push/pull side to side on the wheel there is play. I jacked up the front drivers side, and the wheel on that side is extremely difficult to spin. It doesn't sound like anything is dragging, it's just very tough to move it. When I jacked up the passenger side and did the same thing that wheel moves freely and easily.
I did not jack both sides up at the same time, would that make a difference? Also, where do I go from here? The passenger side inner and outer tie rods where replaced last october, and the drivers side ones are original. My two biggest questions are:
1) why is the drivers side wheel so hard to turn?
2) what is causing the braking vibrations?
Could my caliper be bad? Tie rods worn? A combination? I'd really like to figure this out first before taking it in to the mechanic if possible.