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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
The CV joint is shot. With the rotation of the hub you shouldn't see any up and down oscillation. That clicking noise you hear is the telltale. You need the CV joint to be rebuilt (or the axle replaced - your call). Do NOT just replace the boot and repack it with new grease - once the joint is audibly clicking, it's ruined and must be replaced. If you put this off too long and the CV joint breaks, you'll coast to the side of the road and won't move again under your own power until a new one is installed.
Posted on Nov 11, 2009
That works fine on a relatively new vehicle but one that has run in salt etc you'll save a lot of time if you remove the steering knuckle completey by separating lower ball joint and outer tie rod end ball joint and bring the whole steering knuckle to a bench to separate the hub/bearing. Soak everything with penetrant, loosen the bolts a few turns and try hitting right on the bolt heads. I also made a very sharp wedge from a chisel and rammed it hard on the other side to seoarate the hub. It will finally come apart then you'll see all the **** that was binding it due to an alumininum knuckle re-acting with a steel hub. Clean the hole and grease everything and fit new bearings
Posted on Feb 15, 2009
SOURCE: front axle hub torque
Ram 1500 Pickup ...... 175 foot lbs. Then tighten until the cotter pin can be inserted. I had the same problem. I had to replace the inline check valves and I also had a bad hose. The check valves are not expensive.
Posted on Aug 14, 2009
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hello, have your bearings checked, also axles too, my niece had same problem with her dodge, it a 97, her axles were pretty worn out, also the bearings were pretty worn, when she put in 4-wheel drive axles were moving a little, and wore the seals out, while you are not 4-wheeling the front axles were stationery, untill she went riding, then they would leak, after she went 4-wheeling, that was the only time they would leak
Posted on Feb 01, 2010
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