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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 12-06-2019, 12:50 PM Thread Starter
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Unhappy 3500 Front Wheel Bearings

I had the left front factory wheel hub bearing on my 2015 3500 disintegrate at 70K miles. While on the highway, it started making noises, then set an "implausible wheel speed" code, then completely melted! All within 50 miles!

The dealer replaced the hub unit along with the brakes & caliper bracket that the crooked wheel took out during it's meltdown.

Nothing like spending 60 grand on a "heavy duty" truck and having the wheels fall off while you're driving it! Anyway . . . I'd like to replace the OEM front bearings with something reputable. I know locomotives & freight cars use "Timken" bearings so I would guess they are probably better quality than the stock ones.

I contacted Timken directly but haven't heard back. A few sites list Timken part # HA590628 for the RAM 3500 2013-2018 model years. Can anyone confirm that part #?


Thanks in advance!

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Wow! I just finished doing mine. It lasted until 180,000 miles though. Sorry I canít help on the part number though mines a 2012. I went with timken also. Rockauto had the best deal I could find.

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4 Cummins over 200k never had a wheel bearing go out, both now have over 100k doing fine.

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4 Cummins over 200k never had a wheel bearing go out, both now have over 100k doing fine.
Lucky you! I bought my 3500 RAM brand new. At 30K the front axle U-Joints went and at 70K the wheel bearing melted! And lets not forget the 80 million recalls!

I have to say - None of my Duramax diesels ever had a wheel fall off!



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"Implausible Wheel Speed". The ABS module must have had a "WTF? That can't be right..." moment.

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I had the left front factory wheel hub bearing on my 2015 3500 disintegrate at 70K miles. While on the highway, it started making noises, then set an "implausible wheel speed" code, then completely melted! All within 50 miles!

The dealer replaced the hub unit along with the brakes & caliper bracket that the crooked wheel took out during it's meltdown.

Nothing like spending 60 grand on a "heavy duty" truck and having the wheels fall off while you're driving it! Anyway . . . I'd like to replace the OEM front bearings with something reputable. I know locomotives & freight cars use "Timken" bearings so I would guess they are probably better quality than the stock ones.

I contacted Timken directly but haven't heard back. A few sites list Timken part # HA590628 for the RAM 3500 2013-2018 model years. Can anyone confirm that part #?


Thanks in advance!
I'm pretty sure you kept driving it while you knew there was a problem to get to that place.
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Don't bet on timkin. A lot of companies outsourced manufacturing to China. When searching for some timkin bearings, they provided the caveat, made in China with American oversight.

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Bearing quality is all over the place in the aftermarket. I had one fail on my 05 at about 20,000 miles. I kept an eye on that truck after i sold it and the second owner never did have any other issues with bearings and the truck is over 200,000 now.
Fix what failed and roll with it. If you get a second failure then reevaluate.
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Thank you Mr. Brockman! I have relied on your advice many times over the years.

I just hate to replace failed parts with the same exact ones, but If you trust the SKF bearings, I may just order those. It's good to know they have a lot of grease inside as I believe a lack of grease in these so called "sealed" bearings is the cause of the failures.


Also, I like your "Average Speed" numbers. Awesome!
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I know Chinese bearings off ebay are poor choices for electric motors, they are too loose.
I have bought new bearing from those sellers and they have feelable play, and put them in motors and they whine badly.
Had good experiences with Japanese bearings for all kinds of uses.
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Armed with part numbers from gsbrockman I went ahead and ordered the SKF bearings. In the meantime, I started getting all the tools together for the replacement job and discovered I did not have the correct size axle hub socket.

I've read a lot of confusing information about what size socket will work on a specific year truck. Mine's a 2015 3500. I measured the axle nut with a caliper and it was 32MM. However, both 32MM 6 & 12 point sockets were too small and 34MM 6 & 12 were a bit loose.

I was lucky enough to find an "Advance Auto Parts" store that let me take a handful of sockets out to my truck to see which one fit. They had a 33MM 6 point impact socket that fits the axle nut like a glove! So now I'm waiting for FedEx to arrive with my bearings so I can start this weekends project.
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