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Old 04-16-2011, 11:10 AM
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I would think Dodge would have a lock nut ID number on file by your Vin number. The lock number for mine was listed with my papers when I bought my truck. (I would assume you have checked at your jack and your lug wrench pack For the key)

My 09 (2 wd) had a vibration in the steering wheel, they replaced both front wheel bearings before 8K.
I had to schedule an appointment and drop it off yesterday. But in the end the dealer took care of it all and replaced the key and locks free of charge for the hassle. I was pleased at the no charge tire rotation and key fix. Initially, I was going to pass on the tire rotation since I did not see the need to pay $15 for something I could do in my driveway. In the end, I was right for having them do it just so they can't comeback later to say the wheel bearing was my fault do to improper maintenance. I had them check the bearing again and still they found no trouble. They called it tire noise. But as I drove off the lot, I could tell the bearing is still on its way out. Nice to know that the dealer will replace them, I guess I have to wait for the vibration to get more noticeable. As it is right now it just feels like something is slightly dragging. I checked the axle shafts and cv boots and they are all fine. The brake pads are fine and the alignment from inside the cab is fine as well. This just leads me back to the bearing/hub asm since the driveline vibration is isolated so far to down to the driver side. I'm hoping to get this fixed before I fall outside the 3/36k warranty.
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I figured that I would post an update to this topic since its on going. I have searched all over the forum for 4th gen bearing issues and seem to find a lot of unidentified vibrations which turn out to be the related to the wheels, tie rods, or drive shaft. After dropping a good chunk of change on changing the plugs and fluids at the dealer today ($600). I had them take a look at the wheel bearing again. And again, they stated that is the wheels just making road noise.

I am indeed skeptical. There is a low speed grinding noise, worse when turning right, even a dead spot in the stearing at speed. I pretty sure that its the bearings. The dealer is claiming that since there is no play in the hub assembly that its fine and they won't change it. The vibration is normal and regardless of having the tires rotated, aligned, etc. the vibration is coming from the tires. I just don't buy it. I mean if the vibration moved from one side to another from the rotation. Ok, that would makes sense to me. This does not. I really have no recourse other than being pissed that I will have to pay out of pocket to replace my bearings.......pissed.......
Someone tell me I'm wrong and that I am a complete moron for not realizing how my tires are supposed to sound with normal vibration and grinding at low speed .
Oh and yes if they were "bad" they would be covered under warranty.
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