pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
98,735 miles
Total Complaints:
13 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. replace the wheel bearing (13 reports)
2003 Dodge Ram 1500 wheels / hubs problems

wheels / hubs problem

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2003 Dodge Ram 1500 Owner Comments

problem #13

Aug 302014

Ram 1500 1500 4.7L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 205,666 miles


I replaced the passenger side wheel bearing around 3 months ago and today 8/30/14 the new one started making a loud squeaking noise. I brought it from AutoZone, the $113 DOLLAR ONE. I jacked up the truck up and the hub bearing didn't roll smoothly like it's supposed too. It has a 1yr warranty but who pays the labor. Costs me $250 to have a mechanic do it. That hub bearing shouldn't have gone out that fast. Since the factory ones lasted almost 200,000 miles. I had this truck since it was brand new.

- , Gary, IN, USA

problem #12

Sep 252012

Ram 1500 Laramie 5.7L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 90,000 miles

While heading for a vacation week in Northern Michigan, my truck developed a grinding/rubbing sound and when driving down a two-lane road in the late evening, I swerved to miss hitting a deer and the noise increased and the front started to wobble. Luckily I made it to my resort cabin, but in the morning decided to drive to town to have it checked out... Thank God Midas was open on a Saturday, both wheel bearing hubs were "shot". The right side was about to fall off, and the left was just as bad... I can only think what would have happened the evening before if I had lost my wheel(s) on the interstate at 70 MPH!

My budget was hit hard as I had to cut back on my vacation plans due to the repair bill... Here's the ironic part, I got a call about 8 months later from Midas, seems the wheel bearing hubs they installed were recalled, so I made a return trip about a month later and had the hubs replaced... covered at no charge because of the recall... it's been almost 2 years since I had the replaced hubs on my truck and I hope these last for at least another 80,000 miles.

Just proves some times OEM parts are bad and Aftermarket parts are not always a better alternative... Just wished when I originally bought my truck in 2003 and purchased the Extended Warranty, 7 years/70,000 miles the bearing would have been covered. But then again my truck was 9 years old and 20,000 miles over!?

- , Livonia, MI, USA

problem #11

Apr 062012

Ram 1500 SLT 5.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 52,000 miles

Right front wheel bearing was noisy and loose.Not impressed as it failed at 52000 miles.

- , Botkins, OH, USA

problem #10

Jan 152008

Ram 1500 SLT 4.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100,000 miles


Can't remember how much it cost to have fixed. Just looking to let others know of issues that I have had.

- , Millville, NJ, USA

problem #9

Dec 222011

Ram 1500 SLT 5.7L Hemi

  • Automatic transmission
  • 67,891 miles

Wheel bearings should not wear out this frequently. Mine wore out twice in less than 68000 Miles. Dodge has some serious issues in the quality of its moving parts.

- , Montgomery, TX, USA

problem #8

Mar 212011

Ram 1500 5.7L Hemi V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 72,003 miles

Had the driver's side front hub assembly go 2 years ago, then on my way home from work a few months ago, the pass side was grinding pretty bad. Tried to make it home so I could fix myself, but the wheel just about came off about 2 miles from home. Had to have AAA tow the truck to my mechanic, where it cost over 600 to fix. Both front hubs in 70k miles, plus all the issues with the front brakes I have had with this truck, and now the rear end needing to be rebuilt. No more Ram's for this truck guy...

- , Ontario, NY, USA

problem #7

Apr 202009

Ram 1500 5.7L Hemi V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,000 miles


Don't remember exact mileage, but the truck has less than 80k on it right now and this was 2 years ago, so guessing around 60k. The front driver's side wheel bearing/hub assembly was shot. I replaced it myself so got away spending $$ only on parts, but that seemed very early for a wheel bearing to go on a truck that only sees street/highway most of the time, no racing or harsh driving. Especially since the other front hub went just about 6 months ago - that's both front hubs replaced in less than 80k miles!

- , Ontario, NY, USA

problem #6

Feb 222011

Ram 1500 5.7L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 112,000 miles

i got off work went to check my mail and turned around to go to parking started hearing a crackling noise in the front i looked under the truck at the hub that i replaced 1/2010 only 1yr ago ofcourse warrenty is over waiting to get it back into the shop to see if it falls under a recall that the replacement hubs fall appart sign of it was the abs light came on from the speed sensor in front guess bearing dust got on the sensor but there was a recall on sensors also the problem is i'm in a rental now hopefully if it is a recall they pay for that also but dout that 1

- , Bremerton, WA, US

problem #5

Dec 062010

Ram 1500 SLT 4.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 150,450 miles

Started hearing whining noise coming from front right wheel area. Had my mechanic look at it, and he highly recommended changing hub/bearing. Had both changed, noise went away.

- , Conway, AR, USA

problem #4

Nov 082010

(reported on)

Ram 1500

  • Automatic transmission
  • 131,109 miles

I bought my truck with 59991 Miles on it in march of 2007. Both Wheel bearing and hub assemblies were replaced on Feb 16th 2010 at 114272 Miles. The Right one went bad 7 months / 13000ish miles later. It was replaced free of charge since it shouldnt have gone bad so quick. Wrote it off as a defective part or bad roads since i live in michigan. Posted it on this site.

Well here we are again: 9 Months / 16837 Miles from when it was replaced and the left front bearing is going bad. Now i am thinking since the part is around $280 per wheel and hub bearing assembly that I get what i pay for when i buy $160 wheel and hub assemblies. Cheap no name brand parts. Decided to go with a more expensive part this time. The first hub and bearing assemblies lasted 3 years 60000 Miles.. Could be longer but not sure if they were replaced before i bought the vehicle or original parts. I will keep you posted on what happens if i have anymore problems

- , Warren, MI, USA

problem #3

Sep 152010

Ram 1500

  • Automatic transmission
  • 127,551 miles


Took my vehicle in for an inspection before a 1000 mile road trip. Mechanic noticed play in both front hub & bearing assemblies. I bought the truck at 59991 Miles. This problem occurred at 114262 Miles. I figured they haven't been replaced yet so i said replace them. They were 170 per hub and bearing + Labor. I have an after market warranty so i paid a $ dollar deductible... DON'T TAKE THIS PART AS A COMPLAINT. I LOOK AT IT AS WEAR AND TEAR.


OK So now here it is 7 months / 13279 Miles later and the right front bearing is going bad. Called up my mechanic and I was over the 12 months / 12000 Mile Warranty he gave me but told me to bring it in and he will take care of it since it shouldn't have gone bad so quick and said it was probably pot holes or something ( i am from Michigan )

Part was replaced free of charge. So it was an inconvenience to have it fixed again but i considered it a defective part.. It happens.

- , Warren, MI, USA

problem #2

Jan 162010

Ram 1500 Sport 5.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 49,884 miles

i was coming back from west Virginia on a family visit. the wheel bearing started making a low whining noise on and off for a while, thought it was the road or a low tire. stopped and checked the tires, all were fine. felt the hubs and the right one was a little warmer than the left one so i knew it was probably the wheel bearing. only had about 35 miles to go so i tried to make it home. then i got a lot worse, and started grinding and shaking. i had to stop in Maryland and call a tow truck. and call my friend to pick us up. they towed it to their shop and fixed it several days latter. cost 547.00 the truck only had 49,884 miles on it. now i feel i need to replace the other side before it goes out.

- , Smyrna, DE, USA

problem #1

Jul 012009

Ram 1500 1500 5.7L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 65,000 miles

A wheel bearing should not go out on a vehicle with 65k miles on it. Regardless of whether it's in warrantly or not, especially on a vehicle that has been babied.

- , Jacksonville, FL, USA

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