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On my 2001 Dodge Ram 1500 5.2 2WD, I just found

On my 2001 Dodge Ram 1500 5.2 2WD I just found out that I have to change the front hubs if I want to replace the front wheel bearings. How insane is that! What can I do to have a front hub that I can change the wheel bearing when they're bad.

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This is a very simple job to do. Raise the front of truck off the ground,block the rear tires. Using pliers and a hammer,remove the grease cap from hub. Remove the cotter key and nut from axle,pull out slowly and remove outer bearing. then remove hub from axle. To remove inner bearing ,prop hub on a board and use a large punch to drive out bearing and seal. Clean out inside the hub and install new bearing and seal. Replace all parts in the reverse as you took them off. Hope this will help you.

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