Dodge Ramcharger Parts And Dodge Ramcharger Accessories
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The Dodge Ramcharger is a rough-and-tumble utility vehicle, but its age (the last generation rolled out in 1996) means that some of its components have already started to show signs of age. The Ramcharger\'s front wheel hub bearings are a great example of this. Designed to hold and align the wheels onto the wheel and drive assembly, the hub bearings last for around 150,000 miles. If the Ramcharger experienced frequent and/or heavy use, the service life can be much shorter.
A worn Dodge Ramcharger front hub bearing severely affects the steering and suspension, so you will need to get it replaced before you can drive the vehicle again. And if you are thinking of doing the replacement on your own, here are some key pointers to consider:
Replacing the front hub bearings will involve the use of several tools, many of which can already be found in toolboxes of the average car owner. The most important tool is the torque wrench, which will be used to tighten or loosen the nuts holding the wheel hub bearing of the Ramcharger in place. A flat head screwdriver is also needed, as you will have to pry out the calipers in order to free the bearing. Other key tools that you will also need include a pair of wheel chocks, a flashlight, sandpaper to remove rust from the wheel hub and surrounding areas, and goggles and other protective equipment.
With the engine switched off, park the Ramcharger on a flat and level surface, preferably on the pavement or concrete flooring. Engage the truck\'s parking brake and place a wheel chock behind the rear tires. Once the vehicle is stable and immobile, place a jack underneath the front side where the affected wheel hub is and slowly raise the vehicle. Once it is safely off the ground, place a pair of jacks on the vehicle\'s designated jacking points at the side. Never use the jack solely to support the vehicle, as it is not designed to handle its weight for prolonged periods of time and may collapse.
Start by loosening all of the lug nuts on the wheel and removing the wheel itself. Next, loosen and remove the caliper bolts and remove the caliper, the brake pads, and the brake rotor. If the rotor refuses to budge, tap it with a rubber mallet until starts to loosen. Once the rotor is removed, take out the spindle nut and its socket and washer, followed by the wheel bearing assembly bolts behind the steering knuckle, the wheel hub backing plate, and finally the hub bearing itself.
Clean the surface thoroughly of dirt and rust. Replace the bearing\'s backing plate to its original position and slide in the new wheel hub bearing over the backing plate. Make sure the bearings line up properly before pushing it all the way in. Reinstall the wheel hub bearing assembly bolts, spindle nut, and other components that you have removed earlier. Once all the parts are in place, take your Ramcharger for a test drive to see if everything works as intended.