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Old 03-05-2011, 02:06 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Wheel bearing replacement

How big of a job is to replace the wheel bearings on these trucks? One shop said that since it's a sealed hub that it's a dealer only part plus 2.5hours of labour on top of that and that they would have to replace the axel seal because the axel was being replaced. I was quoted approx. 590bucks for one side. does this seem right? my old work trucks it was never more than a couple hundred bucks.

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Old 03-05-2011, 02:50 AM   #2 (permalink)
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There is no reason to replace your axle seal unless they damage it when they pull the axle out of the differential. The sealed hubs are notorious for going out sometimes in as little as 30K. I dont know how much mechanical experience you have but you should check out the DIY list at the top of thread page. There are plenty of great pictures and write ups on installing ball joints and Free spin kits which replace the sealed hubs with ones you can rebuild and bearing you can repack eliminating the need for hub replacements every 30 to 70K.
I would shop around for a shop and get more quotes. If they are saying they have to replace your axle seals I would get a second opinion. I did my own and if you are carefull removing the axle you wont have to replace the seal.
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There are sealed hubs manufactures other than dealer ones.
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Thanks very much for the info. Time is more of an issue for me than mechanical experience (though i'm better at breaking things than fixing them).

I'll source out the part as well as the cost of manual hubs.
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The price for a free spin kit deters a lot of people from doing the conversion. It is worth it in the long run. If you are getting new hubs you might want to check your ball joints. Im glad I bit the $$$$$$ bullet and installed the free spin kit and replaced my ball joints with rebuild able ones. It all depends on how long you are going to keep the truck and what you are using it for. Im hoping other members will chime in to give you free advice. Lots of great information here.
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i say get some timken hubs and install ur self. the stock hub can be a pain to get off if its never been off b4 but if u read the DIY ball joint thread as mentioned ul see the power steering trick which worked great for me
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just did my front axle u joint .....150k miles and first time it was apart....the DIY ball joint thread is bang on....make sure you have a 3/4 breaker bar and snipe for the axle nut, or a 3/4 impact....the trick using the power steering to get the hub/bearing off worked like a charm...spray everything with pb blaster the day before....
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Thanks for the tip guys. (that's what she said) I'm all for long term benefit upgrades. I had the driver side ball joints replaced a year or so back and had greasable one's installed instead of the stupid factory spec ones. My u-joints were just recently replaced and the mechanic was able to swap them out with out disturbing the axel seal (he also has the exact same truck as mine!!). they specialize in offroad 4x4 rigs so i'm sure they'll know all too well about hub and bearing upgrades.
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How big of a job is to replace the wheel bearings on these trucks? One shop said that since it's a sealed hub that it's a dealer only part plus 2.5hours of labour on top of that and that they would have to replace the axel seal because the axel was being replaced. I was quoted approx. 590bucks for one side. does this seem right? my old work trucks it was never more than a couple hundred bucks.

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FRONT HUB ASSEMBLY
INCL AXLE BEARING
4 WHEEL/ALL WHEEL DRIVE

SKF # BR930502 is the bearing number you need and list price is 504.00 canadian . you can shop around for a good price and i know some of the off shore brands can be cheaper as much as half . these can be pricey
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hub and bearing warehouse sells them for 99 bucks
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^^^^Working graveyards right now and i managed to find that site as well. Seems pretty good. Definately better than the 500plus from the dealership.
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2004 ram 2500 diesel 4x4
FRONT HUB ASSEMBLY
INCL AXLE BEARING
4 WHEEL/ALL WHEEL DRIVE

SKF # BR930502 is the bearing number you need and list price is 504.00 canadian . you can shop around for a good price and i know some of the off shore brands can be cheaper as much as half . these can be pricey
This same part can be had from rockauto.com for $212 canadian. They also have other brands for less. I've been pricing free-spin conversions myself. Going this route, be prepared to drop at least $1500.
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