DO I NEED ANY SPECIAL TOOLS TO REPLACE A FRONT WHEEL BEARING/HUB ASSEMBLY ON A 2000 DODGE STRATUS ES WITH ABS?

  • Tiny
  • Stevepoons
  • 2000 DODGE STRATUS
  • 6 CYL
  • FWD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 191,000 MILES

I am almost positive its a wheel bearing, I will be dong the 12-6 shake test once I get home and can get it jacked up. I just need to know if there are any special tools I will need other than the standard sockets. If you guys are willing to give me a step by step that would be amazing. Ill be happy to throw you some funds for your assistance.

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Thursday, October 27th, 2011 AT 4:41 PM

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  • Tiny
  • Saturntech9
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You really dont need any special tools the tool you may not have is the axle nut socket but they rent those at auto zone. You would just jack it up so the front wheels are off the ground let the car rest on jack stands. Before you do that make sure the ebrake is on and the car is on a level surface with the rear wheels blocked. Heres a trick to see if the bearing is bad out the car in neutral after doing what I said earlier then put one hand on the front strut and spin the front tire as fast as you can with the other hand. If the bearing is bad you will be able to feel it in the coil spring. Compare both sides to each other the coil spring should feel smooth while spining the tire. Let me know what you find and I will give you more instructions.

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Thursday, October 27th, 2011 AT 5:00 PM
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After lifting the car and performing the 12-6 oclock test I did not notice much play or wobble on either side. I also tried your technique and did not notice much of a difference. The reason I originally thought wheel bearing is because there is a loud "whining" sounds that gets louder as I increase speed. It is not effected by the brakes either. At first I though it was simple tire noise, but it has gotten increasingly worse.

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Friday, October 28th, 2011 AT 12:14 AM
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So you got t he tires spining pretty fast and didnt hear or feel anything?Also while driving and hearing the whinning if you let off the gas does the noise change?While driving and hearing the whining if you out the transmission in neutral does the noise change?

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Friday, October 28th, 2011 AT 4:04 PM
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10 mm socket to remove brake caliper bolts
32 mm socket for axle hub nut
E14 star bit socket to remove hub assembly from steering knuckle
The reluctor wheel on the end of the drive axle for ABS cars prevents access to the bolts for the E14 socket. You have to remove the drive axle from the steering knuckle to get access.
22 mm box end wrench to remove lower ball joint nut.
18 mm deep socket to remove outer tie rod end nut.
Had to use a pickle fork to remove tie rod end from steering knuckle. The tie rod end stud was too long for any of the free loaner tools at O'Reillys. I drove the pickle fork between the heat shield and the steering knuckle boss, which protected the rubber boot from damage. I had to re-straighten the heat shield afterwards as it got bent up by the pickle fork.
I find that an impact wrench with lots of torque is helpful to break free the axle hub nut. Didn't feel like hurting myself when it didn't want to come loose with a 24" breaker bar.
I used the free loaner axle hub puller to drive the splined axle stub from the bearing.
When the tie rod end and lower ball joint are removed you can rotate and swing out the steering knuckle to remove it from the drive axle. You can then remove the E-14 bolts. I hit the hub assembly flange (the one with the lug nut studs) with a large hammer to drive it out of the steering knuckle, since the bearing was no longer good.
Axle hub nut torque: 105 ft-lbs
E14 bolt torque: 80 ft-lbs
Tie rod end nut: 45 ft-lbs. Factory shop manual says to hold end of tie rod end stud with 11/32 wrench to keep it from rotating while tightening.
Lower ball joint nut: 55 ft-lbs. I used crow foot wrenches to torque the two nuts to spec.
Brake caliper bolts: 16 ft-lbs.
If the car does not have ABS then the job is much easier and you don't have to remove the drive axle from the steering knuckle. Hope this helps.

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