HOW TO CHANGE OUT FRONT WHEEL BEARINGS

1997 Dodge Dakota

Tiny

BoatP2Lee

August, 20, 2012 AT 1:46 PM

Need to change out front wheel bearing assemblies

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Front Wheel Bearing

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Tiny

ASEMaster6371

August, 20, 2012 AT 2:35 PM

2 or 4 wheel drive?

Roy

Tiny

BoatP2Lee

August, 20, 2012 AT 5:10 PM

2-wheel drive

Tiny

KHLow2008

August, 20, 2012 AT 6:13 PM

WHEEL BEARINGS

Removal

1. Raise and support vehicle. Remove wheel. Remove caliper retainer and anti-rattle springs (if equipped). Remove brake caliper, and support it aside. Remove inboard brake pad (if necessary). Remove grease cap, cotter pin, nut, washer and outer wheel bearing.

2. Carefully slide rotor from steering knuckle. Remove oil seal and inner bearing.

CAUTION: DO NOT allow inner bearing and seal to contact spindle threads during removal. Damage to threads, bearing and seal could result.

Installation

Clean and inspect bearings. Pack or replace bearings as required. Install the inner bearing and oil seal. Carefully install rotor and outer bearing, washer, and nut. Adjust wheel bearings. To install remaining components, reverse removal procedure.

WHEEL BEARING ADJUSTMENT

1. Tighten wheel bearing adjusting nut to 30-40 ft. Lbs. (41-54 N.M) while rotating wheel. Stop rotation, and back off adjusting nut to release all preload. Retighten nut finger tight.

2. Ensure bearing end play is.0001-.0030" (.003-.076 mm). Install nut lock and cotter pin. Coat grease cap lightly with grease, and install cap.

Tiny

BoatP2Lee

August, 20, 2012 AT 8:02 PM

Aren't the bearings sealed assemblies instead of individual components?

Tiny

Wrenchtech

August, 20, 2012 AT 8:19 PM

Yes, it is a hub

http://i1198.photobucket.com/albums/aa448/Wrenchtech/87617242.gif

REMOVAL

Raise and support vehicle.
Remove wheel and tire assembly.
Remove brake caliper and rotor, refer to Brakes and Traction Control.
Remove hub/bearing spindle nut.
Slide hub/bearing off spindle.

INSTALLATION

Slide hub/bearing on spindle.
Install hub/bearing spindle nut and tighten to 251 Nm (185 ft. lbs.) .
Install brake rotor and caliper, refer to Brakes and Traction Control.
Install wheel and tire assembly.
Remove support and lower vehicle.

Tiny

BoatP2Lee

August, 20, 2012 AT 8:46 PM

That seems simple enough. What are the chances that the assembly will be "stuck" on the spindle? Would this require some kind of "puller", or can it be freed up without one?

Tiny

KHLow2008

August, 20, 2012 AT 8:49 PM

Hub is for 98 models. They won't be stuck too badly and if so, you would need a slide hammer.

Tiny

Wrenchtech

August, 20, 2012 AT 8:55 PM

No, that picture is from a 97

Tiny

KHLow2008

August, 20, 2012 AT 10:30 PM

Mitchell1 shows 97 as with replaceable bearings but for 98 it is with hub. Something is wrong somewhere.

Tiny

Wrenchtech

August, 20, 2012 AT 11:06 PM

Alldata says it's a hub and a checked a parts supplier which also says it's a hub.

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