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'98 Dodge Durango making grinding noise near axle


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Dartfin
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Apr 11, 2012, 3:55 AM

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1998
Dodge Durango
V8
190,000 Miles

A few days ago my car started making a grinding noise which seemed to come from near the front axle mostly on the driver side, I can feel a powerful vibration in the gas pedal when I drive and the noise seems to be more intense when I'm going slow, as if the axles is grinding on something above it with every rotation, and when I go faster it goes from a clunking to a whir as if it's striking at a high speed. I can't hear it with the window down from OUTSIDE but it's VERY audible from inside. I feel it's the front axle since I don't get the noise when backing up.

Any ideas? Also, what's a good price to get this checked out to determine what it is? Not fixing it, just a diagnosis.


Hammer Time
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Apr 11, 2012, 6:14 AM

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Possible bad hub bearing but it needs to be checked out ASAP.




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Dartfin
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Apr 12, 2012, 1:22 AM

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What's a good average on cost for that? Also, labor charges vary wildly around my area, what's a good hourly labor charge? Some one said $100 an hour.


Hammer Time
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Apr 12, 2012, 5:58 AM

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Labor rates are regional so you will have to check your own area.




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Dartfin
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Apr 14, 2012, 1:46 PM

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Thanks a lot man, I got lucky with a free estimate from the shop on my corner; it needs a new hub assembly and with labor and both sides it's about $561 so I think it's time for a new car, why put that much money in (in the five years I've had it, it's been about two grand worth of repairs) when I won't be able to sell it for much. It was free from my dad so I can't complain. Thanks for the help.


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Apr 14, 2012, 1:59 PM

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Hub bearing aren't that hard to change on those. Really the only special tool that you will need is a 1/2 torque wrench that goes to 250 ft/lbs and a jack stand.


REMOVAL
1. Raise and support vehicle.
2. Remove wheel and tire assembly.
3. Remove axle nut.
4. Remove ABS wheel speed sensor if equipped, refer to Brakes and Traction Control.
5. Remove the brake caliper and rotor, refer to Brakes and Traction Control.
6. Remove hub/bearing mounting bolts from the steering knuckle.
7. Slide hub/bearing out of the steering knuckle and off the axle.

INSTALLATION
1. Install the hub/bearing into the steering knuckle and tighten the bolts to 166 Nm (123 ft. lbs.).
2. Install the brake rotor and caliper.
3. Install ABS wheel speed sensor if equipped.
4. Install axle nut and tighten to 235 Nm (173 ft. lbs.) and install cotter pin.
5. Install wheel and tire assembly.
6. Remove support and lower vehicle.








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Dartfin
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Apr 29, 2012, 3:02 AM

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Thanks a lot man. I just purchased two Temkin Wheel Hubs, and my pops is going to help me put them on. You cats are life savers...car savers.


Tom Greenleaf
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Apr 29, 2012, 12:07 PM

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Good luck and just a note that Timkin is a better brand IMO than some cheaper ones. Be careful as you'll need to just remove the brake caliper and rotor and air tools really help for the hub nut which isn't on to fall off and real snug. Don't allow brake calipers to hang from the flex hose - use whatever to support it while doing this.

This would be a quick job for those of us with the tools - many now rent-able if lacking what you need,

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