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Old 01-19-2011, 12:42 PM
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2005 Ram 1500 4x4 with 62,000 miles.

I have some noise from the front end passenger side that sounds like a bearing starting to go bad. It is most notable when allowing the truck to wander to the right and slightly applying pressure on the steering wheel to correct the wander. You can slightly feel a rough sensation in the steering wheel when correcting the wander.

Looking at the service manual it looks like you have to remove the steering knuckle to get to the hub bolts.

Is this true? Is there not enough room to get a socket behind the knuckle and remove the hub with the knuckle still attached?

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Old 01-19-2011, 01:55 PM
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I'm curious about this noise. Have you checked the brakes? They can make noises that can fool us into believing a more expensive/harder job is needed to be done. I had a 04 and it wandered too, turned out it was a warped rotor.

As for work arounds on what the book says to do, I've found the book is usually right but the only real way to tell is to get in there and see what you can and can't do.

How about stopping by the Newbie area and introducing yourself.
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Old 01-19-2011, 01:58 PM
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It doesn't wander on its own, i'm just saying if it let it wander due to the crown in the road and bring it back, I can hear it/feel it.

I haven't checked the brakes. I did replace the pads a year ago though. Still too darn cold and snowy outside.
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Old 01-19-2011, 02:06 PM
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It doesn't wander on its own, i'm just saying if it let it wander due to the crown in the road and bring it back, I can hear it/feel it.

I haven't checked the brakes. I did replace the pads a year ago though. Still too darn cold and snowy outside.
Okay, that helps. Not meaning to insult here, did you turn the rotors when you did the brakes?

Bearings generally will make noise under all conditions and situations when they are going out or are out. They will make more noise under stress.
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I did not turn the rotors. They feel OK when stopping with no pedal pulse. Although now that you mention it I do hear some slight noise when coming to a stop right around 5 mph. Like a clunk.
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Okay, how many miles since the brakes were done? Not turning the rotors can cause the pads to glaze over and lose effectiveness, squeak, pull to one side, and do other things.
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Old 01-19-2011, 02:32 PM
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It was probably summer of 2009 when the front pads were done so I would imagine I've put about 10k miles on it since. I replaced the rear pads this past fall.
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I'd suggest taking it to a good brake shop with ASE certified brake techs and have all the brakes looked at. Let them know the rotors and drums were not turned when the brakes were done last time. Most good shops will do the inspection for free on the premise that if work does need to be done, you'll have them do it for you.

If the issue is not brakes, then you'll have at least eliminated them from the possibilities.
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was there any updates to this. did you end up finding out what it was i am having the same issues.
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Yes. It was the bearing. Started to make more and more noise.

I bought one at Autozone but decided to return it and have the dealer take care of it. It was just too cold out for me to attempt it. Cost me almost $450 but took care of the prob.

I've since moved over to the Ford camp with a new '11 F150 with the Ecoboost engine.
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