How to Replace Wheel Bearing & Hub Assembly 02-08 Dodge Ram 1500
How to Replace Wheel Bearing & Hub Assembly 02-08 Dodge Ram 1500

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correctly; that’s going to save you time and money. Thank you and enjoy the video. In this video, we’re going to show you how
to replace the front hub on this 2004 Dodge Ram. This is a four-wheel drive truck, same
as most 02 to 08 vehicles this generation. Tools you’ll need: Various both standard and
metric sockets, ratchet, breaker bar, and a pipe for some leverage, (the bolts for the
hub are quite tight usually), sledge hammer if you have some problem with your rotors,
a large screwdriver, small pry bar, wire brush, large C-clamp, penetrating oil, jack and jack
stands, and a torque wrench. First you want to remove your wheel. If you’re
just using hand tools, start with the vehicle on the ground, loosen the lug nuts first,
then raise it, secure it with jack stands and then remove the wheel. I’ve got air tools;
I’m going to use them. These are either 7/8 or 22 millimeter; both will work. The next
step, you may want to loosen your brake fluid cap a little. Okay, in the interest of keeping
this video a little bit on the short side, I’m going to just kind of go through taking
the brakes apart in 3x speed. You can probably gain enough here if you don’t quite know how
to get them apart or if you want to see this part of the video in real time, just check
out our other videos for the Dodge Ram front brakes. Again, like I said, you can probably
get enough to understand how to get the brakes aACpart just from this. Enjoy it even though
it’s a little quicker and then we’ll get to the hub. Now you’re going to want to remove the axle.
You want to remove the hub nut, which is a 35-millimeter bolt. If you’re using hand tools,
you will need to do this before you take the tire off. Lift the car up, take the center
cap off, take the lug nuts off, take the center cap off, put the lug nuts back on, put the
car back down, and then while it’s on the ground use your hand tools to loosen up the
nut. Then you can lift the car up. I’m just going to use my impact wrench and it helps
me to zip the nut right off. Now you want to separate the axle from the
hub. You just want to use a hammer and give it one good hit. That’ll tell you if the axle
is free from the hub. You just hit it once and watch it really close and the axle should
go right in. You won’t need an axle pole or anything if that happens. You see I hit it
and the axle goes in so I’m all set. Now what you want to do is get a pry bar and go way
up like that. Pull your axle right off like that and your axle’s out. Okay, now with the
axle out there’s three 18-millimeter bolts. You see one right down there, one up here,
and there’s one over here you can barely see. Before you actually take those bolts out,
you want to disconnect your ABS sensor if you’re vehicle has ABS. The connection is
up there. Pull the clip out of the fender. There’s a little tab that you have to press
with your thumb and then disconnect it and pull it free from all the clamps that hold
it to the brake hose and stuff. We are going to use our 18-millimeter socket.
Okay. Actually I’m going to loosen this. Again, be controlled with your pole. Use my pipe
here. More leverage. Okay, these bolts are very tight. They also have a Loctite on them
so just the combination of your 18-millimeter socket, your ratchet handle or a breaker bar,
and a piece of pipe for some leverage and can get them loose. Once you have the bolts
out you can actually cut them out pretty easy. Okay, wire brush. Clean everything up here
a little bit. You want to feed your harness through and then the harness up, over like
that, put your hub in. Prepare your bolts. Feed it through the top hole and do your best.
Get the backing complete on there and then start into the hub. Just make sure our harness is out of the way.
I’m just going to use my impact wrench and just tighten this top one up a little bit.
I’m not going to tighten it up. I’m just going to get it in there. Make sure it’s nice and
secure. Okay, I’m going to start my other two bolts and this should still be loose and
moving around. I’m just going to fast forward here as I start the other two bolts and then
I’ll hook up my harness. Make sure you put it back into all the little grommets and clips
that hold it in place so it doesn’t chafe against anything. Then reconnect it and then
I’ll preliminarily tighten up all the bolts. The next thing you see me doing is torquing
the bolts. Now I’m going to use the torque wrench to
get the top one. For the top one if you use a nice, long extension like that, loop it
through from the back. Torque them to 100 foot pounds. Okay, we’ll just fast forward
again as I torque up the other two bolts. Now we’re just going to take our axle. Put
it right up in here, feed it into the hub. Turn it a little bit so you know where to
push it with the hub. Push it right in. Now I’m going to take my hub nut and using my
impact wrench just to get it on there, not really to tighten all the way up yet. Okay,
now I’m going to grab hold of my CV joint on the inside. You go up on the top, pull
your joint in as much as you can. Going on to the axle and then push it all the way on.
Make sure it fits on there. Okay, just in the interest of making this
video a little bit on the shorter side, I’m just going to fast forward through putting
your brakes back together. If you’d like to see this video or this part of the video in
regular speed just check out our other videos for the Dodge Ram front brakes and you can
see this whole part of the repair being done in regular speed. Now with everything back
together, put your wheel back on. Don’t put the center cap back on. Thread your lug nuts
on there, and then just preliminarily tighten them up and then lower your vehicle down.
Your hub nut, 185 foot pounds; my poor torque wrench only goes up to 150, so there’s 150
and 25. Okay now raise the vehicle back up, take the lug nuts off, put the center cap
back on, and preliminarily tighten up the lug nuts. Let the vehicle back down and torque
the lug nuts to a 120 foot pounds using a star pattern. Very important, you’ve had your
brakes apart so make sure before you drive the vehicle, pump your brakes a bunch of times,
make sure the brakes are working correctly. We hope this helps you out. Brought to you
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100 thoughts on “How to Replace Wheel Bearing & Hub Assembly 02-08 Dodge Ram 1500”

  1. 1A Auto Parts says:

    Copy and paste this URL into your browser our video will show you. We also carry the reblacement hubs for your truck on our website 888-844-3393

  2. 1A Auto Parts says:

    You may need to pry down on the lower control arm (if you can) to get some more clearance.

  3. yaboysupadave says:

    hey man i think mine is going on out on my 02. was wondering what brought you to this conclusion? i hear a grinding (and feel) first only above 40 mph. now seems worse @ all the time. just had my tranny rebuilt 2,546.11 great time during xmas.

  4. sweetheart53196 says:

    I am looking for a video on the replacement of a 2002 Dodge RAM- 2 WD rear bearing. Please point me in the right direction.

  5. 1A Auto Parts says:

    We carry the replacement bearings on noue website for your 2002 Dodge Ram with FREE SHIPPING, we currently do not have an auto repair video that shows you how to make this particular repair. 888-844-3393

  6. 1A Auto Parts says:

    We currently do not have an auto repair video on this application, some of the procedure may be different.

  7. Horsemanpro63 says:

    My hub was going ,,and the tell tale signs I was getting was a squeaking sound as I rolled down the street.It sometimes got louder as I sped up.People have told me the hub bearings on these Rams are famous for crapping out.I finally put the truck up on jack-stands and checked the hubs.Wow,, the driver's side wheel would wiggle all directions as apposed to the pass. -side.I knew then the bearing was shot and not a ball-joint.

  8. Denna Tracy says:

    I know with a 98 dodge ram the bolts are a 9/16ths star bolt and it is impossible to get off the truck

  9. Denna Tracy says:

    I know with a 98 dodge ram the bolts are a 9/16ths star bolt and it is impossible to get off the truck the three bolts to the hub assembly is what im speaking of

  10. 1A Auto Parts says:

    You may have to push down or lift up on a tab that might be holding it in place. Hope this helps you out. 888-844-3393

  11. Brummeman says:

    you may have to heat the bolts with a torch to get them off

  12. boonebadboy says:

    in this video its the passenger side . Is the Drivers side the Same for the axle removal?

  13. 1A Auto Parts says:

    The driver side and passenger side are going to be the same for the R&R of the axle.

  14. J Tripp says:

    just installed a set of Timkens Hubs on my 07 Ram. This video was extremely helpful. Thank you!

  15. Ken Love says:

    Thanks for the info. It looks like you have a broken outer tie rod end!

  16. Scot Guber says:

    Thanks for the video. Very helpful. I followed the instructions. My CV axle would not come out as shown but the easy fix to that is to remove the tie rod and the upper A-arm and the wheel assembly fold away giving very easy access for removal of the axle. Only added 15 minutes to the project.

  17. 1A Auto Parts says:

    Your Dodge Magnum may be a different process. You may be able to apply some of the basic steps shown in this video to your application. 888-844-3393

  18. Takeachance says:

    Thank you for the wonderful informational video. I was able to apply the steps to my 06' Ram. The only problem I have is the hub is rusted and I don't seem to be able to break it free.

  19. san379 says:

    already had my bearings replaced.. 730$

  20. Cris Butler says:

    Great how to video, thanks my dodge just started growling yesterday…now at least i know what im in for.

  21. buggsyspam says:

    Good video. I appreciate it, especially since you give torque numbers. I need to do this, but I am expecting a big fight. I ended up paying someone to do the rear breaks because I was only able to get one wheel off the hub. The wheels them selves were so rusted on, I could not get them loose with a 15 lb sledge. :/ You didn't mention putting on any thread locker. Is that not really necessary?

  22. bcidernable says:

    Thanks for producing this video. I guess I know what I'll be doing this weekend. I just had one replaced about a month ago, and now I've got the same symptoms. Sounds like I'm driving on nobbie tires. Do you think it's likely to have two fail so close together (95k miles) or that the one replaced was detective?

  23. Wayne Beck says:

    I like the video. Do you have to remove the axel to do this if the truck is 4wd?

  24. Drastic55 says:

    So I am unable to get out the axel shaft. When I go to pop it out with a crow bar it stops just prior to the end of the slotted shaft it fits on and won't budge anymore no matter how hard I pry…..any suggestions? Yours seem to come out quite easily. I'm running an 06 ram

  25. Richard Hardman says:

    Hey 1a auto today I got the hub in the mail and I did everthing you guys did in the vid but the old hub will not come off I have the everthing off but the old hub what do I need to do I hit it I have pulled on it and it will not come off I dont know what to do any help will be good I am going out to buy 3 in 1 oil and see if the will help more the wd 30

  26. Mike Steckbauer says:

    A good way to break the hub free is back the hub bolts out a quarter inch and then hold a socket on the bolt while someone turns the steering wheel. that will press the socket against the bolt and hub housing. popped mine right out

  27. J.Darin Young says:

    Working on mine right now.  Thanks for the videos!  
    My inner CV was a bear to get off though.  The internal retaining clip was rusty, making it very difficult to pop the CV off.  Used some PB blaster and just wiggled and pulled for a while until it freed itself up.  At that point it pryed right off like in the video.
    The hub is a pain…rusted stuck  

  28. Kyler Wetherington says:

    I am about to tackle this project soon.  Is the spindle nut reusable or do I need to replace it?

  29. 1A Auto Parts says:

    @ Kyler Wetherington
    Thank you for watching. On this application you can reuse the spindle nut. Here is a link to the parts used in this video on our website. 888-844-3393

  30. Cuda Garage says:

    Great video and extremely helpful!! Thank you.

  31. Josh Fickling says:

    Why do you pull the axle?

  32. towerhillbilly says:

    Just did mine.I couldn't get the axle out so I just undid the top control arm ( one nut and one whack upwards).
    Push the axle back i n flush with the hub and the whole assembly can be cranked around as needed to remove and reinstall the three back bolts.
    Thanks for the video…A real confidence builder.

  33. Kevin Jones says:

    I have a 2004 dodge ram 1500 "2wheel drive", do you have a video to do the front wheel bearings for my truck??

  34. MrWillis5719 says:

    I just cant help it but I love that Pontiac in the back ground.Thanks How much are your hubs? 02 ram 4wheel And I subscribed I just got off the phone with the dealer he said there are two different kinds for the truck, and they want $150.00 for 1 of my truck..I see now how much  Oh well disregard every thing except the first part, I just got off the phone with your wonderful staff and ordered  a set of bearing hubs, Take care.  

  35. Don Liscotti says:

    Informative video, but I wish you'd stated that it was a 4wd in the title, I need the 2wd version, (no axle to remove) will keep looking for the 2 wd video, thanks

  36. DR VG3 says:

    Help, I have been hammering away at the old hub assembly for more than two hours with a 4lb and then 6lb sledge.  The hub is dented up from all the hitting but can't separate the rusted old hub.  I am not hitting gently.  The knuckle is aluminum on this 2002 2wd dodge.  I have added tons of penetrating fluid over the course of the hours, but the hub has not budged AT ALL.  I took a break after an hour of hammering, and built a punch from some reducing bushings (black pipe) stacked from 2" down to 1".  I've been hammering at that for another hour, but still nothing.  I am applying gentle heat to the knuckle now as I don't want to make the aluminum brittle from heating, and then I will try some more.  Any hints????

  37. Frank Rendulic says:

    Just finished one. Had to undo the upper ball joint to get clearance to remove the half-shaft inner end. One plus to this was also gaining clearance to remove the hub bolts with an impact wrench. Outside of that, the video was spot on.

  38. mr83ttop says:

    Great video! I just bought a 2002 dodge ram 1500 and my hub assemblies are bad. Now i can repair them myself and save on labor!

  39. slackstein2 says:

    I watched this video just for a general idea of what needed to be taken apart, however my 2007 dodge ram 1500 had totally different axles and different suspension parts

  40. Marcus Keeler says:

    very informative. I, like many guys on here, am very proficient with this type of thing but it's good sometimes to get a heads up on things like socket sizes, torques and tricks

  41. Joseph Melcher says:

    Thanks for the video I learned some new tricks, I am a retired mechanic , I did not have the luxury of a lift so it was on jack stands in my garage. I never knew the half shafts popped out that easily Thanks for the tip. I have 250k miles on my 2002 dodge ram . I replaced the hub bearings at about 100k each time almost on the exact mileage. I left my axles in place and just manipulated the axle to reach the bolts that hold the hub in. Your hubs popped out pretty easily, mine not so much. After much banging with a 3 lb mini sledge and heavy duty cold chisel I discovered something interesting. On the ends of the hub where the bolts go through there are 3 indention's. I hit the 3 spots with a a few blows and the hub that was rusted in popped right out. I have done this on the same vehicle 4 times already after discovering this and replaced both front hubs in about 2 hours on the ground with jack stands. Popping the hub initially was the hardest part of the job before I found this trick.

  42. The Beige Wonder says:

    I just purchased my hubs from you guys and I can't wait to put them on that's for the video

  43. Shannon Eldridge says:

    Watched your video on how to change a wheel bearing on a 2004 dodge Durango. I have to say it was a great help to me. Thank you for taking the time to video these auto repairs. I did have a difficult time getting the hub off because it was corroded so bad. I was lucky I had a friend to assist me. Thanks again. Keep up the good work!

  44. C CASTRO says:

    Great video would this apply to a 2009 dodge truck 1500 slt 4×4 4.7 as well. Seems the noise got louder so i need to get this done asap.  Thanks.

  45. Carey Dula says:

    Great videos as always. Thanks!

  46. 1A Auto Parts says:

    +Carey Dula No problem. Thank you for watching. 866-403-3393

  47. Chase McCracken says:

    awesome video, now i can fix my grandpas dodge for him 😀

  48. Firemonkey1990 says:

    wow thanks for this. bought an 05 ram 4×4 not to long ago now I need to replace the cv axel, the brake pads all around and rotors with the front wheel bearing hub. this was a huge help. I'm not mechanically savvy just yet but this helps alot. thanks alot! you're saving me a ton a labor costs!

  49. HVACRBERT says:

    wow i wish i had watched your vid before i started the project as those hub bolts are a bear to get out without removing the axle trust me lol thanks for your time to make this it is a great help. i will be buying my parts from your company in the future sir.

  50. Shane Deel says:

    my axel is free on hub but i cant get the axel out. it only moves about 1/4 inch

  51. Melcolme Fizer says:

    your video was a great help to me and changing the hubs on my uncle's 2006

  52. beca guevara says:

    is the left side any different

  53. Crystal R says:

    hi, I was told my wheel hub was going out on my dodge….while driving it sounds like a helicopter in the front??

  54. precinct 1 baltimore county residents says:

    Nice step by step. tytytytyty

  55. Ray J says:


  56. Eric Wyatt says:

    Thank you for this excellent video. It's very helpful. Question: does the axle HAVE to be removed to remove the hub assembly? Thank you for your prompt response.

  57. Dickey Ritchison says:

    good video i used it to change mine alot easier to drop the upper a arm from the frame axle will drop right out and hub was seazed so back bolts out flush with the nut. and beat it out with long 18 mm socket on the bolts didnt mess up threads worked like a charm.. but thanks for the video very informational

  58. Richard H says:

    Well Brother I will give another try tomorrow but so far no luck removing that #$%^&*() axel and hub.. That said I will be victorious.. : )   BTW your videos are some of the very best !!!

  59. Richard H says:

    I CANNOT Get the axel out.. Its moving 1/4"  at the Hub NUT /Outside….. but I cannot get the "inside" off the spline far enough to drop down.. How much spline needs to show before it drops down.

  60. Javier Hernandez says:

    Are the 1a auto brand parts any good compare to the original equipment (OE)?

  61. Jimmy V says:

    Does the axle absolutely need to come out? Or can I just loosen the axle nut enough to push the axle thru slightly enough to get at the bolts?

  62. Adan says:

    would this be similiar to a 2009 dodge ram 1500 4×4?

  63. Dimsum Nimsum says:

    hello guys . I am having issues getting my axle out like it showed in the video. the accept is free from the hub bit just won't budge

  64. Eleno Sigarroa says:

    what kind of air compressor do you use?

  65. Mik Cun says:

    you forgot to list the 35mm in the tool list

  66. san379 says:

    when I bought my truck  I replaced both  but only the front left failed ..  and now after only 100.000 km .. its failed again…  the same left side..  should I replace both? again?

  67. Gary Kovach says:

    Are those REAL lug nuts, or are they the capped version? Like to see what they look like after the impact.

  68. Tyler Chauvin says:

    Just did my bearing on my 2015 ram 1500 4×4 & dident have to take the axle out, besides that video was a help. thank you

  69. James Curry says:

    I am wondering why my bearings keep failing I have had to replace them 3 times each side, I have done it a little differently by popping the upper ball joint the only thing I have not done is torque the back bolts at a hundred pound any ideas.

  70. Lyndon K says:

    Thanks 1 a auto

  71. Chet Von Schmidt says:

    1999 Dodge Ram 1500 Wheel Bearings

  72. Chet Von Schmidt says:

    Not the hubs just the wheel bearings on the 1999 Dodge Ram 1500 2 wheel Drive

  73. Patrick noone says:

    Not sure what the deal is with my 2007 but axle nut is 36mm. Half shaft was on a bind. Had to put Jack under the arm even then axle wouldn't come out. Had to pry on axle one way and housing other way and then barely got out. Just did that. Not sure I'm gonna be able to get it back in without taking the knuckle loose though.

  74. Lazaro Martinez says:

    How can I tell iif I have abs in the front. ? Cause I looked behind the two front wheels and there's 2 lines on the driver side but only see one line on the passenger ?

  75. GTSTWINCAM16 says:

    Is it completely necessary to remove the axle….can't it just be tied back?

  76. Daniel Blackburn says:

    These videos are the best!! However, you make it look alot easier.

  77. Кайена Арельяно says:

    What size socket is for the bearing nuts?

  78. Joshua Warner says:

    Wow that looked so easy. My bearing split in half and now it's a pain in the ass to remove. With my luck it probably got so hot it welded itself lol

  79. Eddie Coleman says:

    This wouldn't work for my truck. Watch the other video for 06-08. Have to undo the upper ball joint. FYI.. thank 1A. Always very helpful! Love these videos.

  80. lor332 says:

    thanks  for the videos      really helping a lot

  81. gettin it done says:

    How do you get that cv shaft out without taking the ball joints off that'd make life so much easier

  82. Wally 1970 says:

    Seems it will be super hard to get those bolts off at ground level

  83. derick welburn says:

    Good video but never said how you know they needed changed. Mine is making noise and stops when I turn hard left..I hope that's the problem.

  84. Neuberas .Com says:

    Great video, thanks for sharing

  85. Jack Derby says:

    I have a 2006 Dodge mega cab. Same barring set up. So I have to replace the hub assembly. Total

  86. Shark Raycr says:

    How did you get 185 pounds torque on the axle bolt if your tool only goes to 150 pounds???

  87. Kyle Pryor says:

    Amazed at how everything in the video comes off with such little effort. I've been beating on my 07 for hours, it's as if everything is rust welded together. Fun times

  88. Michael Robinson says:

    Antiseize is your friend!

  89. itsCobee Loh says:

    Are the rear and front hub the same for a Dodge Ram 1509 1998 I can’t find them online???

  90. Mark Finch II says:

    Good informative video but after having to do it myself I have a few things to add for people in the future. The axle does not just pop out from either end like he showed. I had to take loose the upper ball joint and tie rod to put the hub assembly at a different angle and then use a full sized sledge hammer for a couple dozen swings before it backed the axle out so i could access the hub bolts. I never even could get the axle loose from the front differential at all with my pry bar. So ultimately if you are going to do this yourself, its totally doable but don't expect it to go as easily as this seems. Life's a little different when you don't have a full size garage and a car lift to put everything at shoulder level. Thank you for the video to walk everyone through the steps

  91. GbsCorp says:

    I think that you have great vids. They are always help-full. I was able to get the three bolts in back off by just pushing the shaft back as far as I could. Thanks

  92. Tru J. says:

    What size is the axle nut

  93. Kevin Wilcox says:

    Thanks for the video! I have 4 x 2 but the process is the same including the hubs themself

  94. Tennessee Flipper says:

    I'm confused as to why you have to completely pull the axle out. Is it just so you can get to the bolts holding the hub on?

  95. Randy Osborn says:

    Did you reuse the 36mm nylock axle nut? I thought those were 1 time use.

  96. Fredwreck The Redneck says:

    I can't get my axel back on it won't compress enough what's the deal?

  97. Sonny Roe says:

    I'm curious. I noticed just after you loosened the wheel nut that you put a jack stand under the arm of the wheel assembly. What is the purpose of this? And then you removed it after. I am looking into performing this task. Thanks.

  98. James Quinlevin says:

    My 2008 dodge ram 1500 sxt does not have an axle nut. Why os that?

  99. rene garcia says:

    What size of socket do I need for the hub nut???

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