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Noise in front wheels of 97 dodge dakota

Eeverytime I get above 30mph, I hear a low-pitch noise from the front end of my 1997 dodge dakota 4x4. It goes away when turning corners, but starts right back up again after. I want to say I need new bearings, but I was wondering if I just need a wheel alignment?

Also, how expensive is it usually to get the front wheels aligned? $100? $200?

Thanks,
John

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  • js48988 May 13, 2009

    Thanks for the tip! I checked out that company online and found some good deals. This procedure doesnt sound too complicated. My truck has ABS, so I think there might be an extra step involved, but i'll follow your steps, along with my dakota repair manual. Thanks again for the great advice. There are so many thing that could have been causing that noise. This makes the most sense though

  • js48988 May 13, 2009

    Thanks for the tip! I checked out that company online and found some good deals. This procedure doesnt sound too complicated. My truck has ABS, so I think there might be an extra step involved, but i'll follow your steps, along with my dakota repair manual. Thanks again for the great advice. There are so many thing that could have been causing that noise. This makes the most sense though

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You have a wheel hub assembly with bad needle bearings. Make sure by getting the vehicle up to operating speed and cruise a curvy road. A quieting down on a right hand turn will indicate a left wheel bearing assembly,(and vice versa) and you have to put some force into the turn in order to notice the changes in the sound. You'll find one turn will be quieter than the other. I had this problem with a similar vehicle and purchased the wheel hub assembly through Rock Auto (google them. You'll be glad you did). Thirty percent cheaper than the local parts house, and they shipped the part quite quickly. Make sure, by the way, to clean out the pocket where the assembly goes in. Simply pull the wheel off, drop the caliper, and you'll see three bolts holding the assembly. Take the nut off the end of the axle shaft and be prepared to beat the old assembly off with a heavy hammer. You will not have to drop either ball joint, although you should inspect them for wear at that time. Slip the replacement assembly onto the shaft and line up the splines before trying to mount the assembly. The whole job should take you maybe about an hour, and you may not break all that much of a sweat while you're at it. Good luck and be confident. You can do this!

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