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Old 02-19-2014, 09:58 PM   #1
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4x4 front bearing assembly noise

I was wondering if anyone has had a front bearing hub assembly or front half shaft make noise or cause a vibration? My 04 has a noise like a rough terrain tire but it isnt the tires because they are brand new( hankook dynapros) and the tires before were the goodyear wranglers. i jacked up each side and they is no play wiggling with a prybar placed on the ground and prying upward. Any thoughts ??????

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Old 02-19-2014, 10:24 PM   #2
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Drive the truck at 40 and swerve side to side like your drunk and make note if the noise comes and goes if so you have a hub noise if not possibly a 4x4 transfer case output bearing bad

Also you can jack it up both front wheels off the floor and spin each wheel one at a time while holding the upper control arm if you have a bad hub you will feel a very rough vibration they the control arm (how badly it feels depends on bearing damage)
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Old 02-19-2014, 11:02 PM   #3
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I had my drivers side hub go last spring- noise was very slight at first and intermittent. Swerving didn't seem to change it. It got ugly coming home from a fishing trip sounded so bad I was afraid to swerve! There was no doubt then, there was play in that wheel when jacked up.

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Old 02-20-2014, 05:49 AM   #4
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If you lean the truck to the left and the noise goes away that means you took the weight off the right bearing and it got quiet BAD right bearing
or the other way. You could have both I just did both on my 04.I new I had one noisy but it got louder one day so I just did both. I got mine from O'Reilly about 120-150 each one yr. and three yr. warranty just don't over tork your axle nut I believe it is 175 foot lbs.


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Drive the truck at 40 and swerve side to side like your drunk and make note if the noise comes and goes if so you have a hub noise if not possibly a 4x4 transfer case output bearing bad

Also you can jack it up both front wheels off the floor and spin each wheel one at a time while holding the upper control arm if you have a bad hub you will feel a very rough vibration they the control arm (how badly it feels depends on bearing damage)
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Yes, mine did sound like loud tires when mine failed. Didn't change pitch or intensity much at all in turns. But replacing both front hubs fixed it.
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