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  How to tell if wheel bearing is bad - Posted: 03-30-2010, 01:27 PM
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I've got an '03 2500 4x4 CTD with a very loose front end. I know the ball joints are bad, and I'm assuming the wheel bearings are bad too, but my question is unless the bearing is really bad, how can I tell if it still needs replaced? Is there any way to really test it? I am seeing a little rusty dust gathering on the wheels leading me to believe the bearings are dry, but with a sealed unit, it's hard to verify that.

Tearing it apart tonight. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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Usually there is a howling sound that will be worse when you turn one way as apposed to another.
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If you jack the truck up and spin the wheel, you'll hear it. It will sound like a clunck clunck sound when turning the wheel. Rather than a smooth motion, you'll almost feel the wheel stop at points when they are bad.
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Bad u-joint and bad ball-joints make that hard to diagonse. I pulled the bearing out last night and by hand it feels fine, so I'm not really sure if I should replace it or not.

On a side note, does the axle shaft have a c-clip inside the diff housing? I tried pulling the half shaft out and it sure feels like it.
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i will make a nosie and you will know it, Bearing degrade slowly over time but when one goes bad it will make a friction nosie, you sould hear it. If it is a loud nosie change it soon i have seen the friction so bad that they can cause a fire in the frontend.
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Good luck gettin' them off. Did mine a month ago. PITA x 10!
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Jack uP the front end, put one hand at 12oclock one at 6, rock the tire if you feel play the bearing is bad, just make sure your lower and upper ball joints are not moving and the hub is moving.
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Bad u-joint and bad ball-joints make that hard to diagonse. I pulled the bearing out last night and by hand it feels fine, so I'm not really sure if I should replace it or not.

On a side note, does the axle shaft have a c-clip inside the diff housing? I tried pulling the half shaft out and it sure feels like it.
Yep....the CV/axle/front drive shaft have a retaining snap ring inside.
THe manual says to use two pry bars to pry out the drive shaft.
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