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6.0

fairly significant
Typical Repair Cost:
$250.00
Average Mileage:
253,000 miles
Total Complaints:
1 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (1 reports)
1997 Dodge Ram 1500 wheels / hubs problems

wheels / hubs problem

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1997 Dodge Ram 1500 Owner Comments

problem #1

Sep 192015

Ram 1500 5.2L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 253,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

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wheel hub bearing failure

I have a 1997 Dodge RAM 1500 4x4, I have 33" tires on it and it rarely sees any type of off road activities! Ok, it's a pavement pounder on the super slab on I5 here in Washington. The problem I have is every 1 to 2 years I'm replacing my front axle wheel bearing assembly! The only way I know when replacing it it is either my brakes pulsate from braking or weird noises. I don't understand why the over paid engineers that designed this wheel bearing carrier even thought of this! This puts people's lives at stake! Having 1 bearing hooked to the wheel is DANGEROUS, and very risky!

Good news I found an after market kit that allows for me to have a solid spindle and a inner bearing and an outer bearing, not to mention I have manual locking hubs which should improve on the wear and tear on the drive train! I now understand that the car manufactures build their vehicles cheaply without the regard of people's lives, look at GM! Me personally I wound rather repack wheel bearing grease instead of replacing a over expensive under engineered wheel hub assembly.

- , Auburn, WA, USA

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