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Old 10-14-2012, 12:36 AM
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I've got a 97 Ram 1500 with the 5.2. Trucks not lifted, even though I am running 285 R16's. Lately, ive noticed a few eerie sounds coming from my front end. The first one is when I turn either left or right. The steering is fine and the fluid level is good and pretty new. Does anybody have an idea of what it can be or how easy/cheap it would be to fix?

The 2nd sound I think I have nailed. Its a "grinding, crunching" noise coming out of the driver's side. I know the ball bearings are about gone on the drivers side. I've never dealt with the bearings before, but is this sound normal? How hard is it to replace?

Thanks for the help guys. Im about at wits end with this truck.
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I think your best bet if your hearing noises from the front would be to lift it up and shake it down. When I start to hear things that is one of my first things I do... How are your ball joints? Mine went out on my truck and it made some weird noises and it squeaked a lot.
your second one sounds like the wheel bearing. I have had many of those go out on my old car and the first one that went out made a hell of alot of noise. You check these when truck is in air also
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Thanks for the reply!

Yeah, now that you mentioned it, it could be the ball joints cause ive got a lot of squeaking. And yeah, based on the sound, the bearings are out as well. If I grab on my pull bar and pull up and I hear popping, that would just be the bearings, right?
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Everything that I suggested you would be a wobble in the wheel. What i would do what jack the front end up and grab the wheel and check for play. It is best if you can have a helper with you on this as someone grabs the tire and someone else looks under at what is moving
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