I thought my needle bearings or hub might have been going bad, but I didn't have any time to mess with it and I was in denial.
Anyhow, I tore it apart today and sure enough, the needle bearing was TRASHED and of course so was the stub shaft. It was full of water (I guess the seal went bad and started this whole thing, funny thing is my vaccum hubs still worked...go figure). I am currently trying to source all of the parts I need. I have the majority of them...Here are the questions....
1)My hub bearing unit is still good, but the needle bearings in the backside of it are shot. It looks like it might be replaceable...is it? If so, where to get the part? Dealership only or has anyone sourced one from somewhere else?
2)I think this will be the trickiest part...Where to get the stub shaft from? Junkyards around here don't have any of these trucks in them at all. I can only imagine what the dealership wants. I will call Currie and places like that tomorrow.
3)I know I have seen it before, but does anyone have the link on how to build the seal instal tool?
4)With the water in the hub and bearing do I need to go ahead and replace the bearing unit too? I think it is sealed and it has no play in it, but I don't want to tear back into it too soon.
Let's hear the thoughts and suggestions. Just trying to do the best job for the cheapest I can. Thanks!