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Originally Posted by elf 232
Any thoughts or help would be appreciated.
It's likely the bearing is worn or perhaps the fastener needs tightening. One way I tell (on my Fisher Cake full suspension) is to pickup the frame slightly, and try to detect play in the bearing by listening or feeling a slight "click". The "click" is the point where the bearing contacts the pin. (Hard to explain). I'm not sure what kind of bearings you have (roller, ball, journal), but it shouldn't cost much to replace/service.
As a "lesson learned", my friend bough a set of cartridge bearings from Giant to overhaul the bike. The set cost ~$80 for eight bearings. I inspected the bearings and from the coding/inner diam/outer diam/seal type and width, I determined I could get an equivalent set of industrial bearings for something like $20 from McMaster-Carr.