Ok, anyone else seeing this type of failure? It bothers me as if the
hub fails completely the wheel can come off, and there is a clear risk
of loss of control.
Chrysler did have a recall on other years, but it seems to me that
they are still 'being cheap' on lubrication on these hubs.
Not likely... the rear half of the hub is bolted to the knuckle with four
bolts, and the front half is clamped to the rear half via the axle shaft and
nut. For the wheel to come off, the hub would have to either rip from the
knuckle, or the axle would have to break.
Axel will slide out a bit, which would not be a pretty sight. BTW,
'wheel coming off' was Chrysler's term, not mine!
But I'm not about to test the theory, but if anyone wants, I'll gladly
install by dead hubs on their truck! <bg>
I've had to replace mine on my '01 2500 gasser but it was at about
125,000 or so miles. Had I known what I know now I would have
opted to replace the hubs with the aftermarket locker hubs I found
that I can actually service the bearings on instead of having to replace
the entire hub.
On Sun, 7 Jun 2009 23:59:23 -0400, "Carolina Watercraft Works"
Interesting, I don't show any servicable parts in the hub (can't find
bearings or seals listed anywhere for the fronts), and I'm not sure
I'd want to mess with it. Life's too short. <bg>
$391 for the new hub, just got off the phone while I was typing the
reply. Should have to tomorrow PM.
I've saved both of the failed hubs, and stuck them in my 'dead parts'
The hubs with serviceable bearings is an aftermarket setup
that also has locking front hubs. By being able to unlock
the front axles your front tires will spin freely and not offer
the rolling resistance which will ultimately result in better
fuel economy and less expensive servicing of the front hubs.
my 2001 2500 4x4 has 160k on the originals with no issues yet. my 97 1500
4x4 with 300k is still on all original front end parts except rotors and
brake pads. the best thing i ever did for that truck was neuter the
antilock brakes. that truck wouldn't stop a load for love or money before.
once we neutered the abs it stopped better and i started getting an extra
10k between brake services.
Interesting, I don't have any problems with ABS, even towing a large
non-braked trailer. Mine's a 2004. IMHO 2001 was a good year for
Chrysler, but they went downhill in the later years quickly.
I forgot in my original posts, my ball joints have also failed at 30K
miles. WTF? Another non-greasable component failing!
None of my other Dodge vehicles had brake issues but the 97 wouldn't stop
even if you paid it to with any kind of load. It was eating a set of pads
and rotors every 20K. Once I disconnected the antilock stuff it started
stopping a load like it should and front brake service interval went to 30k.
Some may think this is too often but this truck really gets abused for a 1/2
Had a guy in the shop a few months ago with a similar story, now that
I think about it. He mentioned he never got more than 20K on a set of
pads, and when I told him I could go 50K or more, he was amazed.
Wonder if there is a problem with that year?
My professional wrench said he "neutered" the antilocks on half a dozen 97's
and all customers were estatic. All got better braking and longer service
intervals. The only problem is liability if there is a wreck at some point.
If you do it for someone and then they run over a kid on a bicycle, they are
going to blame the wrench. this needs to be done by the truck owner. My
wrench showed me which wires to yank and let me do the actual deed. I have
never regretted it.
My 93 nor my 2001 had these issues. Of course the 93 didn't have antilock
and the 01 has 4 wheel disks. I believe the 97's probably have an issue.
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