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Replaced brakes, new problem

Well I'm a noob to the forum, and Rangers. Just bought my first the other day. I was planning on making an intro before posting but I've come across a problem that i cant figure out.

I was replacing rotors and pads on my 2000 Ranger. Its non abs, non 4wd, coil spring. I took everything apart and put it all back together just like normal. Now when I turn at low speeds there is a vibration coming from the front. My garage is smooth and when I was backing out and turning I noticed it instantly. If I turn the wheel when its at a dead stop it vibrates, almost like a skipping. I've done tons of brake jobs but they have all been floating rotors and never had to do the bearings with them. I repacked the bearings and everything. The only thing I can assume is that I either overtightened or under-tightened the nut for the rotor. They were pretty loose when I removed them. Are they supposed to be lose? And if that is the problem, if I overtightened them, will just loosening them fix it or will I need new bearings? Thanks for any info/help you guys can offer. Intro coming tomorrow. This job took the remained of my night up and 6am is right around the corner :(

Also, the brakes are working fine, Its just the skipping issue. Thats why I pointed out the nut.
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If i remmber right from when i did mine you tighten the nut to 20 Ft/Ibs (seats the bearings)spin it around a few times then back the nut off 3/4's of a turn and retighten it to 18 In/Ibs.They dont need to be tight just have enough preload to keep them from woobling.When i do mine i can pulI the cotter pin and castle nut and spun the nut off by hand.If they have to much preload and you will eat bearings.
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I loosened the nuts and I'm still getting the skipping/vibration. Any more input?
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Did you turn the steering wheel while the truck was in the air? This sounds more like air in the PS system to me. I bleed mine by hitting the bump stops a few times (turns the wheel both sides till it stops a few times) Id recheck the bearing torque before you drive again. All your trying to do is take as much freeplay out of the bearings as you can, without adding any drag.
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I did. I needed more room on the last bolt on the C bracket. That will allow air to get in the line?
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It can, try bleeding it and see what happens.
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