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Old 06-20-2010, 05:24 PM
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front axles grinding

Started having front axle grinding noises today on my way home. Turning right the front left wheel seems to be grinding in some way. Sounds like metal on metal so i figured it was wheel bearings.

Well i took the caliper, hub, and everything apart and the bearings are definitely loose but they dont seem completely shot. Would those bearings make a metal on metal sound even with some grease left in them and not completely grenaded?

So tomorrow i will go to carquest and get wheel bearings and the seal. But what i was trying to figure out is if there is something else that can grind when going around a corner? Could a u-joint make a grinding sound?

Should i just replace the U-joints and ball joints while i have it apart and call it good? What all is there while its apart that needs replaced. Also how do i tell if the hub is shot, when they are both unlocked and one tire was off the fround i spun it (with hub unlocked) and the front drive shaft was spinning, didnt think that was possible?

sorry about the long post but i need answers. Thanks
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Old 06-20-2010, 05:28 PM
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If they are loose then that right there will make that noise. its the hub body grinding on the spindle. Id set aside a day for ball joints. seeing as how its not an easy task to take that spindle off the hub
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If they are loose then that right there will make that noise. its the hub body grinding on the spindle. Id set aside a day for ball joints. seeing as how its not an easy task to take that spindle off the hub
okay yeah they are loose, but still have grease in them and seem to roll okay. definitely not new bearings what so ever. I will replace them though, anything else while im in there?
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Old 06-20-2010, 05:31 PM
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thats about all you can do. once you take the hub off its just the spindle. id check it for scaring and whatnot cause that can happen when bearings go bad
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thats about all you can do. once you take the hub off its just the spindle. id check it for scaring and whatnot cause that can happen when bearings go bad
Yeah the bearings aren't that bad at all but I will check that for sure. Might put the wheels bearings in and put it back together to see if maybe that's my problem. Then do ball joints later when I can affrod it down a couple days
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The worst part of ball joints is getting the spindle out of the knuckle. and also popping the knuckle out of the axle. heat and a sledge are what got mine. i did it in an evening
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Old 06-20-2010, 05:59 PM
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The worst part of ball joints is getting the spindle out of the knuckle. and also popping the knuckle out of the axle. heat and a sledge are what got mine. i did it in an evening
Can't I just beat the **** out of them with a sledge until they break haha??
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yeah but on the spindle you dont want to cause its a machined surface that the bearing rides on
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Old 06-20-2010, 06:12 PM
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Yeah that's true! We will have to see
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Hope its fine. cause only other option for a new one is a junk yard
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