Have a full compliment of both before starting work. Write down the information on your truck before going shopping. Later inspection at the dealer showed it to be burnt smelling, and discolored. Overall it's not a particularly difficult job - but it will give you a good workout. The rear gears were replaced.
Sometimes you can get a repair bearing that is offset and rides in a different place on the axle. It is also a good idea to check your axle bearings as well as the axle itself. Once core is ready for pick-up, visit and fill out the Core Return form. In some severe cases, a malfunctioning joint can break while driving and it can leave you stuck in the middle of the road. . The driver sustained injuries, and was taken to hospital for surgery. If you have noise coming from the front end accompanied by vibrations or clunking noises when turning corners, you may need to replace the axle U-joints in your Dodge.
Parts are too expensive to be repaired at this time. Invest in a brand new Dodge Ram axle from AutoZone to guarantee top-notch performance for years to come. Since these ball joints are critical to the safety of the vehicle, you should seriously consider replacing them, especially considering the relatively low cost of these parts. These bolts must be torqued to the correct specifications, usually 150 foot 45. After purchasing a trailer well within the vehicles tow rating the vehicle on the first trip out with the trailer exhibited a putrid smell that could not be located.
Push, pry, or hammer - whatever works for you. As far as removal goes, I understand it to be basically sliding out of the front differential but perhaps there's a locking ring? If the hub is stuck tight, bump it and pry it out with a large screwdriver or pry bar. If an e-mail address is provided, a confirmation will be received once form is submitted. Install a new cotter pin in the hole at the end of the axle shaft and bend the ends over to hold the pin in place with a pair of pliers. Axles can be bent, or wear out over time. Upon arrival at our home 265 miles later we again smelled the overheated rear axle fluid.
Be aware the three bolts that secure the ball joint to the upper control arm have self-locking nuts so the threads may be damaged if they are removed. Let the people with 12+ years of experience in finding and buying car parts help you find the best Axle Assembly for your Dodge Ram 1500. It's about half that from the auto parts stores. Total time for me to do this on my '02 1500 was about 4. Before you tear the front end of the truck apart, verify that is where the problem is by trying to move the joint up and down while the truck is in park on level ground. Make sure you've got a cold beer waiting for you when the job is finished. This may take two people - one to hold the spindle in place, and the other remove the axle.
Either way, it might be good to double check this before beginning - the axle nut is easily accessible just be taking the tire off. The most common failure is a bearing goes bad and damages the surface of the axle where the bearing rides on the axle. Repeat the entire process on the opposite side of the truck if that axle U-joint needs replacing as well. As a steering, suspension, and alignment specialist at a very nice Chrysler dealership for nine years, I never saw a cv joint on a full size truck up to 1999. Back the studs out, and remove the tension spring from the front of the caliper, then pry the pads back slightly from the brake rotor.
I have a jack against the lower control arm to hold tension off the torsion bars. Also, is there anything I should be concerned about as far as the removal process goes? I saw it listed as 36mm in a few places, but when I pulled out my socket set, 36mm was too big. The truck was having trouble maintaining expressway speeds into a headwind on this trip. I recall using 21mm on the caliper holder, top ball joint, and steering arm nuts with other sizes mixed in - 13mm jumps out at me for some reason caliper bolts maybe. You may find you need a helper to position the upper control arm so the bolts in the ball joint line up. According to the manual, both left and right are identical, and to remove them you must take of the caliper the lower shock mount, break the upper ball joint, remove the axle nut, tht of course is done first, then altho there is a lock ring, use 2 prybars and pop it out of the differential.
Recently, the right front axle broke inside of the boot. An impact gun will make fast work of this, but you might find it's not all that tight. Do not use an impact wrench to install these bolts. It shouldn't take much to loosen it up. It turns out my axle nut is 35mm. I would'nt drive it dissconnected. The entire rear axle was so badly damaged including the antilock brake sensors that the entire unit had to be replaced.
Dakotas used them but I never needed to replace a boot on one of them. We're here to help with whateveve questions or concerns. The example here is a Dodge Dakota Sport, 2001 model, with a 4. The outer joint in your axle is most prone to failure due to its greater range of motion, especially when making sharp turns or U-turns. One thing to note is the sizes of the nuts and bolts. Remove the upper ball joint from the knuckle or unbolt it from the upper control A arm.
For all residential core pick-ups, you will be contacted to arrange an estimated day and time for pick-up. Further repairs are now awaited. Truck had to be towed home. All of the trucks I worked on had regular universal joints. This article has also been viewed 66,386 times. If you reinstall the original upper ball joint, check the bolts to make sure there is no damage to the threads, if there is, you will need to use new bolts the same size and strength, with locking nuts.