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2003 Dodge Ram 3500, my front left wheel is making 'scraping' sounds, as if the brake pads are worn down and the tabs are 'scraping' but every once in a while there is a grinding sound. Have taken brakes off and they are good, but there are tiny metal looking shavings inside the wheel. Replaced bearing 4 years ago, but we haul a lot of heavy loads, could they be bad again? Afraid to drive it for fear will really mess something up.

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It's possible that the bearings need replacing if haul loads on a regular basis. Take a look at the complete hub assembly, this is not an uncommon issue with Dodge Rams. If you need diagrams and procedure info, here is a cheap factory service manual for a 2003 Dodge Ram covers every bolt from front to back.

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Yes the bearings could be bad, but check your brakes really well mainly the inner pad, and look to see if you see any shiny spots in or around the caliper. The inner pad is the one that seems to wear first. Also if you have to replace pads remember to lube the slides for the caliper. Sticking calipers is the number one wearer of your pads prematurely. Look at the areas closely and you'll find it, you seem to know the basics and a little more so it should be fairly simple for you. Good Luck.

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