Question about 1998 Dodge Ram 1500 4WD
Have replaced wheel bearings 3 times in 6 months. When removing the nut that holds this in place (has teeth on it where the cotter pin goes through), it is horrible to remove. Yet when putting it back on it just spins against the hub and won't tighten down enough. Is this the problem? Is it perhaps stripped or something wrong with the axle assembly itself? I have a big blue paper weight in my carport that I need for work on Monday. Could you give me an idea how to fix this problem so I can get to work tomorrow?
Check the threads on the spindle and make sure that they are in good shape or you will have to replacethe spindle to rectify this, if they are fine then I would get new castle nuts as this is definently why you are going through wheel bearings. When you tighten the castle nut you should be sure to tighten it up tight then back it off a quarter turn so the wheel turns. And remember to pack your bearings with wheel bearing grease before you install them then add a little more grease in the hub.
Posted on Oct 09, 2008
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