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I have a 2001 Ram 1500non 4x4 and as I am in the habit of attempting to perform preventative maintenance on my vehicles before I have to fix the broken stuff I assess it's about time to re-grease my front wheel bearings.

I open my haynes manual and it looks like a fairly normal, remove tire, remove brake caliper, remove rotor, remove cotter pin then hub nut and remove bearing.

I take my tire off, breake caliper, then rotor, and see a HUGE nut which has "Do Not Reuse" etched into it. In addition I cannot see anything behind the nut as it flares way out at the base appearing to "seal" all the grease inside the hub.

I have read here on the forum that some of these hubs are sealed and should not need to be greased unless something breaks down and they will most likely need to be replaced.

Is this what I have going on or is it some strange thing that Dodge has done and I just have to remove that huge nut, regrease my bearings, buy a new nut and put it back on?
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The sealed unit you're referring to is found on the 4x4. Your 4x2 is serviced as described in the manual. No need to get a new nut but you may want to get a new grease seal and you'll need new cotter pins.
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I have repacked many-a front wheel bearing in my time and this is the first one of this type I have seen.

The only thing I am cautious about in this assembly is normal hub nuts are not very tight at all (and this reflects what the manual says) and are primarilly held in place with the cotter pin.

This nut is TIGHT and I cannot see the cotter pin at all and like I said the nut has "do not reuse" on it. It's a strange looking assemby from anything I've ever seen in the past.
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Can you post a pic or two so others can see what you're talking about?
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