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barnetto14 12-28-2010 10:38 PM

98 ram wheel bearing problem
I've had my 1500 for a little over a year. I've put roughly 10,000 miles on it. I have replaced the wheel bearings, both sides twice, and the passenger side 3 times. I can't seem to figure out why my truck eats wheel bearings like it's going out of style, but it makes me want to be rid of the Ram and quick. Does anyone have any ideas/suggestions as to why the truck is having such problems? I've heard the typical "thats just a Dodge", and "it's a hereditary for the Ram", but someone surely has a reasonable explanation and solution. I hope!!!!

Toms Blue Ram 1500 12-28-2010 11:48 PM

I have well over 100,000 miles on mine and still have the original bearings in it . It's not because "It's a Ram" , maybe installation error . Is it 2wd or 4x4 ?

RootBeer 12-29-2010 12:12 AM

I tend to start with dumb questions so please don't take offense.

When you changed the bearings, why did you do it? What were the symptoms that told you the bearings were bad? Did you clean them and inspect them?

Answering Tom's question about 2wd vs 4wd will help too.

barnetto14 12-29-2010 10:46 PM

It is a 4x4, and the reason the bearings were changed the first time is because the passenger side bearing broke into two pieces while I was driving.. slowly, thankfully.The hub part of the bearing came out of the bearing housing.. thats the best I can describe it. As far as dumb questions, I don't believe there is such a thing... you don't get information without questions. basic or otherwise... thanks for trying to help me... I love the truck, just have to figure out what it's deal is so I can afford to keep it.

RootBeer 12-29-2010 11:48 PM

Ok, now we're getting somewhere. Was the axle nut torqued to specs with a torque wrench? When you did the first change after you got the truck did you completely clean out the old grease from the hug and inspect it?

I'm not sure if the 98's have a removable race but they should if the bearings can be changed, so, did the race come out in one piece? (first time I changed the bearings on my 76 power wagon I almost missed the race because it looked to be part of the hub)

barnetto14 12-30-2010 12:55 AM

it has a sealed bearing. the bearing and wheel hub is one piece. I don't know what the torque specs are for the axle nut, but it took a 1/2" drive breaker bar with a 8' cheater pipe to break them loose the first time.... could it be something to do with the geometry of the wheels. Like bad ball joints or something.. I'm not sure what it's called but the strut like piece on the front of the axle housing looks alittle beat.. Could that be it? I'm wanting to lift this truck but want to fix it before I do that and possibly mess it up worst.

RootBeer 12-30-2010 01:26 AM

Were I in your shoes, I'd save myself a lot of headaches and get the front end sorted at a good front end shop before spending a dime on a lift.

When you do the lift, make sure it is a complete lift i.e. all angles are adjusted. Stock things like steering, suspension, u-joints, etc don't take kindly to being stressed at bad angles.

barnetto14 12-30-2010 09:05 PM

Could I put the front end of a 2500 under my 1500?

Toms Blue Ram 1500 12-31-2010 12:16 AM

The torque on the axle shaft nut is 175 ft lbs .

GTyankee 12-31-2010 12:32 AM

when it comes to wheel bearings, the first thing that i think of is using wheels with an offset that puts too much stress on the wheel bearings

you don't want to know how many i went through in 2 years, before i was told about my bad offset wheels

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