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10/11/2003
10:10:13

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I have a 98 Dakota SLT. Mechanic told me that the terrible whining sound when my truck is going straight and when I move the steering wheel to the right is my right front hub/bearing assembly going bad. Here are my concerns....

1. How long can I let this go?
2. If I do let it go, what is the assembly going to do when it completely goes?
3. Is it worth spending the $200 on the one from Dodge or should I look for something better?




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10/11/2003
12:06:26

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all i know is one of mine went on my 01 R/T at 15k miles.

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10/11/2003
12:22:04

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I had a bad bearing that was missed after a bad wreck one year ago. I noticed instantly that on left turns it would pop. I went to several shops, and was told to get it fixed IMMEDIATELY as it could go bad while driving and cause an accident. I would have that replaced immediately.

my two cents......



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10/11/2003
16:55:58

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i got my yoko geolanders fitted today
and the guy that did the alignment told me the hub bearing was going bad but is it the wheelbearing,or somthing different. is this a home job or do i need a machine shop is this serious or not
its a bit of a bummer 500$ tires then gota maybe do two hub bearings guess thats the 3.93 gears on hold for a while
01,3.9 club cab 18,200mls
gutted



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10/12/2003
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I just replaced both front bearings on my '98 5.2 2wd dakota with Timken "SET 49" bearings, purchased from autozone. All I did was take the hub to a machine shop and had the old bearings pressed out and the new bearings pressed in. Total cost was about $60.00 per side.



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10/16/2003
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Deek.... While researching... I found that it makes a difference if you have 4 wheel ABS or rear wheel ABS. What is your 98 5.2 equiped with?



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10/16/2003
16:14:31

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My 2000 CC 4x4 with ABS [now sure what ABS has to do with the bearings other than some kind of a sensor in the housing somewhere] left front wheel bearings are going and need to be replaced. I looked for a drawing on how this thing is assembled but have not found one yet.

If anyone has removed the bearing assembly and can write up a little procedure, it sure would come in handy now. I removed the brake caliper the disc and had the cotter pin, locking nut cap, and large spindle nut removed but got hung up on getting that lug bolt carrier off the splines on the spindle.

Do you pull that lug bolt carrier off with a gear puller? And then, after that, it looks like there are three regular screw driver bolts holding the cover on over the bearing assembly. What else has to be removed to get this bearing assembly out of the knuckle?

Once I can get the assembly out, then I will see what I can do about replacing the bearings. Any guidance on getting the assembly out would be much appreciated. Thanks in advance.



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10/16/2003
16:57:27

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I believe I only have rear wheel ABS. The bearings that all of the parts stores listed for my truck were the wrong kind. I did some research and found that somebody else used the Timken "SET 49" bearings, so I tried them and they worked. Also, some parts stores will press them into the hub for you.



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10/17/2003
20:42:55

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After thinking about what I saw yesterday on the actual hardware, I found an exploded view drawing on chryslerparts.net. With that information to work with, I tackled the job this morning.

2000 CC, 4x4, ABS, 4.7L, Auto, LSD, 173,000 miles.

Driver's side front wheel bearings started sounding like I had off-road treaded tires when going down the road on smooth pavement. Turning the steering wheel to the left did not change the rhythmic hum, but turning to the right did noticeably.

Left and Right wheel hubs for the front are different part numbers. I don't know why, but suspect it has something to do with where the sensor lead comes off the assembly on the right versus the left. I just bought a left.

Dodge dealer is $300; AutoZone is $176. Again I paid a premium and got the Mopar replacement instead of the aftermarket replacement to preclude any surprises. Timken makes the bearings for these assemblies. I have not had time to check and see if it is possible to get the bearings separately or not. And did not have time to check out the AutoZone part to see if it was the same or not, but suspect that it is probably exactly the same. Next time.

If these bearings can be purchased separately, it is a job getting the old races off the spindle and housing for these tapered bearings even with all the tools available in our machine shop. The individual parts that hold the bearings are not made with the intention of easy race removal in the future. They will have to be ground a littel to make a shoulder to grasp to remove them easily.

The inside bearing has the ABS sensing "gear" on it. Not sure if it comes assembled with this "gear" or not, but suspect that it does. The far left race on the outside or left bearing was trashed over 1/3rd of the race. I had been driving it for a few weeks now before I could get to repairing the problem. It is just way easier to get the assembly and replace it rather than trying to repair it with new bearings.

To get the hub off you have to remove the disc caliper by taking off that odd looking retaining spring for the caliper and then removing the two Torx #43 bolts that hold the caliper on. You then pull the disc rotor off the wheel lug bolts. Then remove the cotter pin, nut lock cap with spring washer behind it, and unscrew the spindle nut [I used a 1-1/4" socket because I did not have the metric size to fit it]. Then you have to remove the three 14mm bolts that hold the hub onto the knuckle. They are accessible from the backside of the hub. Remove the splash plate that covers the ABS sensor lead by removing the two 10mm bolts that hold it on. Then unplug the sensor lead from its connector inside the engine compartment just above and inside the left wheel fender. The plug part that comes with the hub assembly has the little plastic "bolt" that snaps into the hole on the plastic fender to secure it. Then you have to remove the wire ties all the way down to the hub off the brake hose line.

Once you get all this removed, take a hammer and beat the hub loose and outward. The hub will come off the splined spindle and you have it removed. Then put it all back together the way you took it off.

Not sure what the specified torque is for the spindle nut, but mine was on so tight I had to use a pipe on my wrench to get the thing loose. It was really on extremely tight, much more than my torque wrench could register. I had to put the wheel back on and a wedge between the tire and the ground to keep the hub from turning to get that nut off.





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8/20/2004
21:04:30

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I have a '93 4X4 CC with 162K on it, and the hub/bearing assembly you buy at Auto Zone has Italian-made Timken bearings. I spent the extra bucks for the Timkens, but while replacing my lower ball joints I noticed that the left bearing was loose. I am going to replace the stub axle and replace the bearing tomorrow, and we'll see what happens. A bad axle can ruin a good bearing, so if this is the fix, the right side axle will go too.



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5/03/2005
19:56:52

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can anyone out there tell me what the front spindle nut torque is on a 2002 dakota 2-wheel drive? just relpaced the hub/bearing assy. the nut is tight but I still have movement in the wheel like a worn bearing. Dealer was no help at all!!!



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5/04/2005
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2wd spindle nut torque is 185 ftlb, at least that's what it was on my 2000. If you still have play check the ball joints and tie rod ends.





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4/23/2007
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My 2000 Durango ended up needing both hubs replaced. I had an original estimate of $650.00 plus an alignment. I searched the net and got both hubs for $300.00 and they were a Timken brand which is suppose to be the best. I ended up doing the job myself and I saved a ton, plus I learned it was not that difficult to replace these. I found them on eBay from a store called AutoPartsDirect2You.com. They had the best price and they included replacement instructions. These really are a simple job that I would recommend anyone try themselves. Anyway my truck is doing great.



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4/05/2009
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i have a 2001 r/t i was wondering if anyone knew the size socket you need to take the hub nut off



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4/05/2009
09:13:25

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i'm 99% sure it's a 32mm.



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4/24/2009
02:52:13

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i have a ? here, looking for a hub/assembly 03 dakota‏ and they told me to look if i had a wire on my but when i toke it off the hub/assembly, it had no wire on it.did i miss something can someone show me what it looks like. cause don't know what to buy and which one to get.the wire or no wire. thanks to anyone



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4/24/2009
08:47:04

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"they told me to look if i had a wire on my"

I think they should have asked you if you have 4 wheel ABS or 2 wheel ABS. actually, if you take the hub off, on the back side there will be a "tone ring". Looks like a bunch of slots on a ring. If you do have the "tone ring" you have 4wheel ABS. If you don't, you have @wheel ABS.



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4/24/2009
09:50:22

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oh yeah on that hub/assembly 03 dakota‏, it's a 4x4 dakota, but don't know how to tell from wire. and where to looks how can i tell, `thanks



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4/24/2009
23:21:26

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"they told me to look if i had a wire on my but"

a proctologist installed pacemaker?



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7/29/2009
14:12:46

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I need to replace a front stud on a 1992 dakota. Do I have to take the axle nut off to do this repair or am I missing a trick? If I have to take the hub off, what socket do I need for the axle nut and what is the recommended torque for the nut?



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3/03/2010
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what size is the spindle nut on a 99 dakota 2 wheel drive



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