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Old 01-24-2006, 07:20 PM
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Front wheel bearing...please explain

I won't bother you with all the things that have led up to this but, today I have a shop look in on my front wheel bearings on my 4 wheel drive 03. They claim one of the wheel bearings shows some wear and is lose.(you can jack it up and wiggle the wheel) I told them to replace and pack the bearing. Well this set up has a "sealed" type bearing and when you replace this bearing, you also have to replace the hub. They showed this to me and said they had this part ordered and it would be here in the morning. My question to you guys that have been into your front ends, is what they are telling me the clear facts? It just looks PLAIN stupid to have to buy a hub with a bearing that can't be changed out! And the other thing is , it's just a mere $500 part. YUK! Let the truth be told...Thanks
 
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Old 01-24-2006, 07:27 PM
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Yes...unfortunatly this is true. I replaced both of mine on my 99. I was able to buy them for 385.00 each. Discount houses sell the part, however, be carefull.....the hub is different between anti lock brakes and non anti lock brakes. Very easy to change. If you wait to long, you will wear out the spindle.

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yes its is true. however ball joints would cause the up and down movement.
 
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Old 01-24-2006, 07:31 PM
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you need WH515020 www.kragen.com
 
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Old 01-24-2006, 07:36 PM
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You can order newer assemlies that make them servicable in the future. Cost is about the same as OEM non servicble. When mine go that is what I am doing.
 
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Old 01-25-2006, 03:54 AM
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Thanks guys for your responses.....this kinda reminds me of the guy that went to town and bought a complete motor JUST to get the oil filter....DUMB!!! LOL
 
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the rebuildable style are pretty much not worth the hassle. the parts needed to rebuild them each time cost 167.00. being a non sealed unit they tend to not last as long.
 
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Old 01-25-2006, 05:40 AM
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How many miles are on your 2003? I have an 2003 4wd and have heard some slight popping sounds from mine.
 
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I'm have the same problem with my '99, passenger side front. Kragen list several axle and wheel bearing part numbers for this year truck. Does the whole hub assembly really need to be replaced? If so, is it a PITA to do, looks straight forward enough, but I don't want to tear it apart and halfway through find out I need some special tool or ????.
 
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What are the symptoms for a bad front wheel bearing? Whenever I jack up my truck, I grab the top and bottom of the wheel and push/pull to see how much play it has. Plus I also grab the left/right sides of the tire and do a push/pull. Top/bottom push/pull has no play, while the sides push/pulls have some play. Just wondering....
 
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Hotwheel bill....the truck has 73k on it. The reason it is being looked at is because this was the pickup that was involved in an accident in mid Dec. (find my post,"It could only happen to me") if ya want the blow by blow report. The left front wheel hit a curb at around 35mph and after all other repairs were done, to my satisfaction, after driving it for a few hundred miles, I'm hearing a noise in the left front wheel and thus it is back at the body shop to be looked at and have the insurance co get involved again.

My other truck has 120k on it and I have no reason to look at it's bearings,
 

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For anyone interested, I just got my pick-up back from the shop and it must be my luckey day as the new hub/wheel bearing combo fixed the noise problem. Drives like a champ now and sounds good....now my next hurdle is to get the insurance co. to pay for this part of the repair. I've been told by the shop owner that it is on "review" as of now and that he told the adjuster to remember that my claim was the one that they(the insurance co.) dropped the ball and did absolutely nothing for 2 long weeks! Next move is if they reject it, I'm heading for my insurance agent and he will get my ultimatem....pay this bill or I'm down the road for a new Insurance Co.! Oh yes, did I fail to mention that we are now in the 6th week of this feasko.
 
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Well,,,,,,,, My local Napa guy loves me today. Bought both front hub assemblies for my 99. Just finished the replacement, not too complicated, went really smoothly. Total cost $814.15, I also bought snapring pliers and brakekleen. The Stealership here wanted $430.00 each plus tax!!!!
 
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I wonder if this is the problem that I am having with my drivers side front. It has a clunk noise whenever the right tire goes over bumps the left doesn't, expecially does it on interstate. I replaced ball joints about 1 year ago, and the tire shop said that they checked out fine. I'll head out and look.
 
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That's what started me looking, went around a corner in a parking lot, over the speed bump and POP, just on passenger side. Replaced both hub assemblies, if one is bad chances are the other is not far behind. I had my ball joints done last summer.
 

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