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Old 12-23-2012, 07:12 AM
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Think I need a new hub assembly, but am confused

I noticed my truck starting to make a pulsating rough sound that sped up while driving, then suddenly it felt like my drivers side front wheel had a mind of its own and started pulling in various directions. When I got home, it was smoking, and the locking hub was blazing hot.

I believe I need a new hub assembly, but my truck is an early 99. I've read multiple sometimes conflicting things about buying a late 99 and up assembly and rotor, but then it might not work with the caliper, etc. They are brand new calipers and I would hate to replace the, again.

My truck runs 37" tires and I may go to 44", it's basically my tree pulling/off roading/load carrying toy, but I want it to be as reliable as possible.

So what should I do? Who makes the best parts? Can I replace just bearings? I see assemblies on eBay 2 for 149, just says "for year 1999". Can I go late model? I just need to be told where to go and what to get and I'll trust you all.

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Old 12-23-2012, 07:42 AM
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u need a Timken unit bearing ( the individual bearings are non serviceable) and if the hub was that hot u may need all new seals
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Old 12-23-2012, 05:53 PM
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I have first hand experiance... I have both an early '99 (red truck) and 2- 2000 model year trucks (Ex and yellow truck)

I converted my early '99 to later model unit berrings and rotors... the unit berring diffrence is in the depth of the wheel mounting surface, it is about 1/4" diffrent from early to late, and the matching rotor is off-set the same ammount to compensate for the diffrence. Simply buy the later model unit berring and later model rotor, swap them both, and they will line up with the existing caliper and bracket just fine.

It was worth doing this conversion for me, as I had warrenteed parts for the later model stuff, and wanted them all to be the same, so one spare wheel berring in the garage would fit any one of the 3 trucks I have.

I simply buy my parts at the local Advance Auto Parts where a buddy works, and I have no issues getting the berrings 'warrenteed' any time I need one...





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Old 12-24-2012, 07:06 AM
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Thanks a bunch! I'll start calling around for the best prices, what brand from auto zone?
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Old 12-24-2012, 07:35 AM
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Timken from Autozone
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LOL ok a Motorcraft from Autofair made by Timken
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Well.... I bought the hub assembly. I was driving from my house to my mothers in laws to install it on a driveway surface instead of my dirt yard when my wheel broke off. Now I need to replace everything from the axel shafts to the seals, pretty much everything was eaten up.

Is there a diagram of everything and how it goes together?

Ugh, this is not good.
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