Man I wish I had known it was this easy last summer. I had to get one of my front hubs replaced and just took it to my dealer. Could have done this myself and save a couple hundred bucks.
Well, looks like my mechanic (not dodge dealer) will be getting some business when the axle nut I forgot to order till today arrives.If you are replacing the front bearing you will have to remove the axle spindle from the front hub. As far as taking the brakes off its the same but once you take the axle nut off you need to remove the axle from the hub to put the new one on. Reason being the hub is spline in the middle and lines up with the axle. With the car being front wheel drive that's where the action happens.
Make sure to clean the mating surface where the bearing touches the knuckle with a wire brush/wheel and use a very light layer of grease on the surfaces to aid in future disassemble.
Just be happy that we do not have press fit bearings and hubs and they come in one very nice bolt on unit.
Hopefully he'll be able to get the axle off the steering knuckle without pulling it out of the transmission side and leaking tranny fluid by accident.Well, looks like my mechanic (not dodge dealer) will be getting some business when the axle nut I forgot to order till today arrives.
I got the bearing/hub in hand. I just forgot most axle nuts are one and done and just to be safe I'll have them use the new one.
I could do this myself, but I don't really feel like crawling around on the groud for hours right now. Plus Im not 100% sure I have all the correct size tools on hand.
I think I will have him pull whatever is needed without removing the axle from the trans. I showed him how the rubber dampening cup or whatever its called at the top of the spring was rolled and pinched real bad, and may be the source of the stupid clunking when hitting bumps in the cold that seems to be common. If hes gonna be digging that far he might as well look at that too. These guys do good work. They are always short handed because of their strick hiring stanards.Hopefully he'll be able to get the axle off the steering knuckle without pulling it out of the transmission side and leaking tranny fluid by accident.
I've done wheel bearing jobs on cars with press fit bearings before, I wish they would have been bolt-on units like this one, but the press fits are usually a good bit cheaper!