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2002 dodge ram 4WD front hub bearing

I'm trying to remove my front hub bearing. I've got the hub nut off and the knuckle mounting bolts loose, now ready for the wheel puller. The stub shaft and axle have an inch or 2 of lateral play, however. Using the wheel puller will push hard against the axle, bottoming it out somewhere in the differential. Will I damage anything?

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Jay

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  • jd4wd1983 Feb 08, 2009

    Yes, you will pull the hub bearing apart, which is non fixable plus it makes getting the flange just that much harder to get off. I tried a puller and it pulled the bearing apart and now i cant get the flange off. might have to get a new knuckle

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Here is the easiest way . take a 14mm socket and extentsion and place it on the bolts and place againt your axle tube and start your truck and turn your wheel against it instead of pounding you will use your powersteering like a press to get your hub out its quicker and less strenous than pounding on the bolts ive done this many times i even made a extentsion for it i use a 14mm 1/2 drive shallow socket and a extension thats about 4 inches long i know im posting late on this one but if it helps anyone out then great

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I used a J&J Hub Puller, worked great !
www.jandjhubpuller.com

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Use 12 point 14mm socket to pound on 3 flange mounting bolts. un screw bolts a little at a time when doing this. some hubs are really rusted on may take a while but it works. you will also need to buy a new 14mm socket when your finished,

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We had a recall on our 06 hub bearings....

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