Question about 1986 Dodge Ramcharger
I have an '86 Power Ram 1/2 ton. Recently the 4WD quit working. The differential locks in, but the hubs don't appear to be locking in. On Ice, the front drive shaft turns, but no wheel spin. I figured something was up when the indicator light on the dash quit coming on when I'd "lock it in".
That works fine on a relatively new vehicle but one that has run in salt etc you'll save a lot of time if you remove the steering knuckle completey by separating lower ball joint and outer tie rod end ball joint and bring the whole steering knuckle to a bench to separate the hub/bearing. Soak everything with penetrant, loosen the bolts a few turns and try hitting right on the bolt heads. I also made a very sharp wedge from a chisel and rammed it hard on the other side to seoarate the hub. It will finally come apart then you'll see all the **** that was binding it due to an alumininum knuckle re-acting with a steel hub. Clean the hole and grease everything and fit new bearings
Posted on Feb 15, 2009
You can try two options. First is beat it until it comes off, this usually leads to the hub assembly coming with it and pieces everywhere. Then you have to replace both. The other is to find a puller that attaches over the studs and presses in on the hub assembly at the same time. Be careful though there are two or four bolts on the back side that if not removed will also tear up the hub assembly. Either way after the first side you will have it figured out for the second. Don't forget to use plenty of PB blaster.
Posted on May 12, 2009
i have found that you need to first make sure the cv shaft is moving free in the bearing. soak everything with penitrating oil. you should be able to move shaft in & out a little. the hub is a very tight fit. you need to tap it some from side to side untill you see a little gap between hub and spindel. then place the head of a flat screw driver in that gap and all around the hub, prying back and forth where ever possible. soak, tap and pry all over. be hard on it if replacing, more gentle if not. good luck.
Posted on Jul 18, 2009
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
Posted on Nov 09, 2009
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