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97' F 250 wheel bearings?

I have a 97' F 250 O.B.S & 8800 GVW. with a Dana 50 4600 GVW front diff. there's been a low growl coming from the left front. jacked it up & when the wheel is rotated there's a slight noise & you can feel a slight vibration when touching the leaf spring. opened the hub, removed the lock out hub leaving the wheel bearing nut tightened & same noise & vibes. pulled the hub. i'm replacing them but the wheel bearings look fine. what I found was a ridge worn on the spindle on the most inboard shoulder where the seal rides. it does not appear that the seal was spinning in the hub. why would there be a ridge worn there?? the seal is rubber. the area where the race rides has some discoloring but no signs of wear. there was a liquidy film of rust on the bearing so apparrantly the seal was allowing moisture in. i'm on my way to a junk yard to pick up a replacement spindle. if they look ok would you run junk yard wheel bearing especially when considering what's involved in the tear down. I have a heavy slide hammer but have to borrow the adapter to pull the spindle.
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Pics would help. A junkyard spindle can be fine if it's in good shape. If it were me, I would remove the clip from the end of the stub shaft, cut the ball joints and take the entire knuckle so you don't have to deal with removing the spindle in the junk yard.

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