Chrysler Full-Size Trucks 1997-2000 Repair Guide

Front Hub and Bearing

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



Dakota, Durango 2WD
  1. Raise and support the vehicle.
  2.  
  3. Remove the wheel.
  4.  
  5. Remove the brake caliper, rotor and ABS wheel speed sensor, if fitted.
  6.  
  7. Remove the hub/bearing spindle nut.
  8.  
  9. Slide the hub/bearing off the spindle.
  10.  
  11. Installation is the reverse of removal. Check the specifications chart for proper torques.
  12.  



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Fig. Dakota, Durango 2WD hub/bearing assembly

Dakota, Durango 4WD
  1. Raise and support the vehicle.
  2.  
  3. Remove the wheel.
  4.  
  5. Remove the axle nut.
  6.  
  7. Remove the brake caliper, rotor and ABS wheel speed sensor, if fitted.
  8.  
  9. Remove the hub/bearing mounting bolts from the steering knuckle.
  10.  
  11. Slide the hub/bearing off the spindle.
  12.  
  13. Installation is the reverse of removal. Check the specifications chart for proper torques.
  14.  



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Fig. Dakota, Durango 4WD hub/bearing assembly

Ram With Independent Front Suspension (1997-99)
  1. Raise and support the vehicle.
  2.  
  3. Remove the wheel.
  4.  
  5. Remove the caliper.
  6.  
  7. Remove the dust cap, cotter pin, nut lock, nut and washer from the spindle.
  8.  
  9. Remove the outer wheel bearing.
  10.  
  11. Slide the hub/rotor off.
  12.  


WARNING
Use care to prevent the inner wheel bearing and seal from contacting the spindle threads.

  1. Remove the seal and inner wheel bearing from the hub/rotor.
  2.  
  3. Remove the inner and outer bearing cups from the hub/rotor with a pin punch, if desired. Cups cannot be reused once removed. Check for damage or wear in place.
  4.  

To install:

  1. Bearing and races must be replaced as a set, if worn or damaged.
  2.  
  3. Remove any burrs or roughness from the spindle with emery cloth. Clean thoroughly afterwards.
  4.  
  5. Clean bearings and cups with a safe solvent. Repack with a quality wheel bearing grease formulated for disc brakes.
  6.  
  7. Drive in the new bearing cups.
  8.  
  9. Grease all contact surfaces.
  10.  
  11. Install the inner wheel bearing with new bearing seal.
  12.  
  13. Slide the hub/rotor onto the shaft.
  14.  
  15. Install the outer wheel bearing, washer and retaining nut.
  16.  
  17. Tighten the nut to 30-40 ft. lbs. (41-54 Nm) to preload the bearing while rotating the hub/rotor. Stop the rotation, then loosen the nut completely. Then tighten the nut finger tight and install the nut lock. Use a new cotter pin.
  18.  


NOTE
End-play should be 0.001-0.003 in. (0.025-0.076mm).

  1. The remainder of the procedure is the reverse of removal.
  2.  



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Fig. Wheel bearing assembly-1997-99 Ram with independent front suspension



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Fig. Remove the dust cap to access the rotor hub nut



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Fig. After the nut is removed, place it and the washer in a safe place



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Fig. Remove the outer wheel bearing and set it aside for later inspection



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Fig. Use a suitable tool, such as this seal remover from Lisle®, to remove the grease seal from the rotor



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Fig. Inspect the bearing rollers for wear



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Fig. This bearing is an example of one that wasn't properly maintained. Notice the sludge build-up from the old grease



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Fig. Always spin the rotor while tightening the retaining nut to ensure proper wheel bearing adjustment



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Fig. This exploded view shows the correct order of installation for the spring washer, nut lock and cotter pin



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Fig. Install a new cotter pin as shown

Ram With Independent Front Suspension (2000)
  1. Raise and support the vehicle.
  2.  
  3. Remove the wheel.
  4.  
  5. Remove the caliper adapter bolts from the steering knuckle and remove the assembly.
  6.  


WARNING
Do NOT allow the caliper to hang by the hose.

  1. Remove the rotor from the hub/bearing wheel studs.
  2.  
  3. Remove the hub/bearing nut and slide the hub/bearing off the spindle.
  4.  


NOTE
The nut cannot be reused. Have a new one on hand before removal.

To install:

  1. Reverse the removal procedure. Use a NEW spindle nut. Tighten the nut to the following torque specifications:

    On LD 1500: 185 ft. lbs. (251 Nm)
     
    On HD 2500/3500: 280 ft. lbs. (380 Nm)
     

  2.  
  3. Tighten the caliper adapter assembly to the following torque specifications:

    On LD 1500: 130 ft. lbs. (176 Nm)
     
    On HD 2500/3500: 210 ft. lbs. (285 Nm)
     

  4.  



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Fig. Hub/bearing assembly (1) and spindle (2)-2000 Ram with independent front suspension

Ram With Coil/Link Suspension
5-STUD HUB/BEARING
  1. Raise and support the vehicle.
  2.  
  3. Remove the wheel.
  4.  
  5. Remove the cotter pin and axle hub nut.
  6.  
  7. Remove the caliper with adapter and rotor.
  8.  
  9. Remove the ABS speed sensor, if fitted.
  10.  
  11. Back the hub/bearing mounting bolts off 1 / 4 in. each.
  12.  
  13. Tap the bolts with a hammer to loosen the hub/bearing from the steering knuckle.
  14.  
  15. Remove the hub/bearing mounting bolts and then the hub/bearing.
  16.  

To install:

  1. Apply anti-seize compound to the splines of the drive shaft.
  2.  
  3. The remainder of the procedure is the reverse of removal. Tighten all hardware to the proper torque specifications. Refer to the charts. Use a new cotter pin.
  4.  
  5. After installation, apply the brake several times to seat the brake shoes and piston. Do NOT drive the vehicle until a firm pedal is achieved.
  6.  



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Fig. Loosening the hub/bearing mounting bolts-Ram with coil/link suspension



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Fig. Hub/bearing and related components: steering knuckle (1), axle (2) and hub/bearing bolts (3)

8-STUD HUB/BEARING
  1. Raise and support the vehicle.
  2.  
  3. Remove the wheel.
  4.  
  5. Remove the hub extension mounting nuts and remove the extension from the rotor, if equipped.
  6.  
  7. Remove the caliper.
  8.  
  9. Remove the cotter pin and hub nut.
  10.  
  11. Remove the ABS speed sensor.
  12.  
  13. Back the hub/bearing mounting bolts off 1 / 4 in. each.
  14.  
  15. Tap the bolts with a hammer to loosen the hub/bearing from the steering knuckle.
  16.  
  17. Remove the hub/bearing mounting bolts and then the hub/bearing.
  18.  

To install:

  1. Apply anti-seize compound to the splines of the drive shaft.
  2.  
  3. The remainder of the procedure is the reverse of removal. Tighten all hardware to the proper torque specifications. Refer to the charts. Use a new cotter pin.
  4.  
  5. After installation, apply the brake several times to seat the brake shoes and piston. Do NOT drive the vehicle until a firm pedal is achieved.
  6.  

To install:

  1. Apply anti-seize compound to the splines of the drive shaft.
  2.  
  3. The remainder of the procedure is the reverse of removal. Tighten all hardware to the proper torque specifications. Refer to the charts.
  4.  
  5. After installation, apply the brake several times to seat the brake shoes and piston. Do NOT drive the vehicle until a firm pedal is achieved.
  6.  



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Fig. Removing the hub extension-8-stud hub/bearing



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Fig. Removing the cotter pin and hub nut



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Fig. Rotor and hub/bearing assembly

 
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