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Im trying to remove the front hub on a 2002 dodge 2500 4x4 with the v-10 in it. Im removing hub so i can slide out axle shafts on both sides of front axle to do a ring and pinion job. my prblem is how do you pull the hub off? i removed the huge nut on end of axle shaft, removed brake caliper and caliper bracket, ( removed 4 nuts on the backside of hub the square flange or whatever). please tell me how the hub comes off,i cant see anything else holding it except maybe a puller to pull it off. thanks, chris

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  • Q45BELOW Jul 07, 2010

    i cant understand how putting oil on the end
    of the axle shaft and pounding it with a hammer
    is going to help.when you push it or hit it
    it only goes so far because the end of the inner end of the shaft is against the gears or whatever its against inside there.
    it doesnt have cv joints on the front it has
    u joints. some one suggested undoing upper and lower ball joints!! is this necessary?? thank you



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You are almost there, I think the hub/bearing assembly is stuck together (see diagram at the bottom of the web page) you may have to use a rubber mallet to bang the hub loose.

Click on the link below and follow the instruccions on removal and installation

Keep me posted and Good Luck!!

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  • Q45BELOW Jul 08, 2010

    according to the link you posted i need to undo the upper ball joint.

    my truck is 2002 4x4 model dodge 2500 with coil springs in the front.

    ill try this,

    thank you, ill let you know how it goes, chris

  • Q45BELOW Jul 08, 2010

    hello i just got home from working on the truck again, still no luck!!!! im frustrated.

    i have worked on several trucks including 4x4 and never had this much trouble!!

    i try hitting the end of the axle shaft and it bounces back and forth because there

    is about 1 inch of play where i can slide it back and forth.

  • Q45BELOW Jul 08, 2010

    hello i still need help please.

  • Rene J Solis Jul 09, 2010


    I have been doing some research and it seems like the trick is to back off the hub/bearing mounting bolts 1/4 " each, then tap the bolts with a hammer to loosen the hub/bearing from the steering knuckle.

    Remove the hub/bearing mountng bolts and remove the hub/bearing.

    Remove the rotor assembly, brake shield and spacer from teering knuckle.

    Press out the wheel studs/hub extension studs and separate the rotor from the hub.

    Good luck, and keep me posted

  • Q45BELOW Jul 09, 2010

    sounds like a good idea, i did'nt think of that!! thanks for the help, ill

    try that and let you know how it goes.

  • Q45BELOW Jul 15, 2010

    1. hello,

    Thanks for the help. I have made a little progress since the last time i talked to you.

    I put the 4 bolts in except about 1/4 of an inch as you suggested. I then started hitting

    them with a small hand held sledge hammer as per your instructions and sprayed

    some 3 in one oil in the hole where the bearing grease sert goes, i guess it helped because

    after that i beat and beat and beat and finally got it to seperate enough to spray wd-40 in there

    and the end of a flat head screwdriver and i got it to turn clokwise about 1 inch,its a start at least

    im going to try and attach a short video to show you.

  • Rene J Solis Jul 15, 2010

    I did not get the video, try sending it to Tanks


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Leave the suspension ball joints on ,then put some engine oil on the end of the shaft and leave overnight ,then with a nice piece of wood on the end of the shaft held with a piece of studding with assistant holding this give it an almighty wack with a 7kg hammer ,and the shaft should go in then follow it through and the hub is off once the suspension ball joints are released

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    Colin Stickland Jul 08, 2010

    you are making the shaft start to move a little and the overnight soak of oil helps if the splines are corroded ,once it moves a little then undo the hub from the upper and lower swivels and then knock the hub off ,sorry if i havent explained it properly guess it comes from doing this sort of work every day and i wrongly assume that everyone knows what i mean

  • Q45BELOW Jul 08, 2010

    the spline isnt rusted, because i can tap it softly with a claw hammer and it will go back about 1 inch

    (until it hits the small shaft that goes through the small gears,there are 4,inside front diff.) then it stops. i took lower and upper ball joint nuts off but havent got them to release yet ! soaked everything in WD40. still no progress, what now????? thanks , chris

  • Q45BELOW Jul 08, 2010

    please help

  • Colin Stickland
    Colin Stickland Jul 09, 2010

    WD40 ,i said engine oil not fish oil that is only good for rubbing on your knees or back .right the shaft moves now it will not go back without taking the upper and lower swivels off ,to do this you will need to use a special tool like a ball joint splitter ,or a 2kg hammer and give the side of the hub housing where the ball joint goes through a good wack and then they should jump out .

  • Colin Stickland
    Colin Stickland Jul 10, 2010

    so how you getting on with it then ,??



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