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I think my front Drivers side wheel bearing is going out on my 2004 dodge ram 1500 4x4. It is an ABS system. What should I do to replace this? I wouldnt mind doing it myself if its the cheaper route.

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  • jjfmarine Jun 28, 2009

    Thanks for the help, are there any special tools I will need? I watched a youtube video of this being done on another vehicle, will I need to grind anything or need an air tool?



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Remove the wheel, the brake caliper with the mounting bracket and pads all together, the brake rotor, and the axle nut. Make sure the axle is free inside the hub splines by pushing it in a bit. I believe this truck has 3 bolts for the hub/bearing assy. They remove from the inboard side of the knuckle, then the hub/bearing assy comes out. It may be corroded in the knuckle, so some force may be required to get it out. To reassemble, reverse the steps, being careful to torque the axle nut to the proper spec. Also pump the brake pedal before you road test to verify the noise is gone.

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  • BCautotech Jun 29, 2009

    I have to say, when these are frozen up real good in the knuckle - I can't imagine doing it without an air hammer/air chisel. It all depends on how corroded it is, and you'll never tell till you start to get it apart. If you have a good tech you trust, maybe let him do it. There are much easier jobs you can try yourself if that's what you want to do. With this one it may be worth the money to not spend a whole Saturday breaking your knuckles. Just one opinion.



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