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Old 03-18-2011, 02:16 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Axle Nut tightening

I am assembling back my front left hub after changing the u-joint on my 2006 RAM 3500 4x4. Everything went well, except: I am at tightening the axle nut and as tighter I go the harder to spin the wheel(hub). It is supposed to be torqued to 263 but why is it dragging the wheel? Did I do something wrong?
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Old 03-18-2011, 04:35 PM   #2 (permalink)
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thats the correct torque
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there should be some resistance. but how much are you experiencing?
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I do not understand why there would be any resistance? The nut tightens the end of the axle to the bearing hub. The other end is a loose spline in the diff. This axle should still rotate freely. Also, why does it need such a torque? This should not have any effect on the wheel bearing.
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if the nut is under torqued you will have premature bearing failure. did you install the hub correctly?
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It is an open diff, but it will still have a GREAT DEAL of resistance. If you grab the hub by hand, you won't be able to get it to free spin like you would think. It will stop spinning the second you let go. With your tire on it, it will spina little bit, but don't expect more than a turn or 2
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I took the bearing off again and all I could think of was that the back of the hub/bearing rubs against the thin metal skirt on the short end of the axle. I scraped all the rust from both parts, greased it and assembled. The wheel works, I am not sure what else I could do.
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The brakes can make the wheel slightly harder to spin even when the brake pedal is not being touched.

Is the vehicle definitely not in 4x4?

How hard is it to spin?
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yeah when i changed mine the brakes where holding it a bit.....took it for a drive jacked it up spun free...might be your problem..
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yeah when i changed mine the brakes where holding it a bit.....took it for a drive jacked it up spun free...might be your problem..
I changed the passenger side U-joint this evening and noticed that the axle was locked up when I bolted the hub to the spindle. I put the axle nut on and tightened it. Once it was snugged up, the axle spun freely again.

What are the torque specs for the hub to spindle bolts and the brake bracket to spindle bolts? I know they were f'ing TIGHT when I took it apart.
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