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Old 01-18-2013, 04:08 PM   eBay Motors  #1 (permalink)
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My DMAX is stronger than Snap - On Tools.

So after 135K miles, the hub bearings on my driver's front were getting loose, so I decided to remedy the problem. I picked up a new hub assembly, gathered my tools and went to work. For those of you who have never done this particular job - be fore-warned: The two 21mm bolts that hold the brake caliper bracket in place do NOT want to come out. I think the factory torque spec is somewhere north of 230 ft. lbs. I didn't have a 21mm impact socket (I do now.) so I went to work with my standard Snap - On 6 -point shallow 1/2" drive socket on my Ingersol impact gun. (I know - non - impact sockets on an impact is a no - no, but it's all I had.) The socket held, the bolt wouldn't budge, not even with the torque turned all the way up on the Ingersol.

So... Plan B. I grabbed a breaker bar, and pulled the top half of the handle off my floor jack to use as a cheater pipe.....and broke the socket. Long story short, I sent my wife to Napa to pick up a 21mm Impact socket and was able to finish the job. Here's a pic of the carnage. Now I need to find a Snap - On dealer....
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Old 01-18-2013, 04:34 PM   eBay Motors  #2 (permalink)
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You got 135,000 miles out of a front hub??? I went through three by that time!

I've never had a problem with mine. I've changed at least 6 hubs (passenger and driver combined). I can do it in less than 15 minutes now.
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Old 01-18-2013, 04:41 PM   eBay Motors  #3 (permalink)
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I remember trying to get those bolts to break loose the first time. I think I had a 4 ft pipe on the end of a breaker. Now between maintaining the brakes, replacing hubs, ball joints and cv axles every few months I can pull them apart pretty fast.
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Old 01-18-2013, 04:55 PM   eBay Motors  #4 (permalink)
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You got 135,000 miles out of a front hub??? I went through three by that time!

I've never had a problem with mine. I've changed at least 6 hubs (passenger and driver combined). I can do it in less than 15 minutes now.
Yep. I bought the truck from the original owner, who was meticulous in keeping track of maintenance. He gave me a journal of everything he ever did to the truck, including every single fuel - up! This was the first hub change.
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Old 01-18-2013, 04:58 PM   eBay Motors  #5 (permalink)
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You got 135,000 miles out of a front hub??? I went through three by that time!

I've never had a problem with mine. I've changed at least 6 hubs (passenger and driver combined). I can do it in less than 15 minutes now.
Premis - I'm assuming you bought your truck used... If you never had a problem, then I guarantee they were done before you bought it. The factory uses some kind of NASTY locktite, and torques them to an insanely high spec. You definitely would have had a problem if you had done the first one since new.
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Old 01-18-2013, 08:43 PM   eBay Motors  #6 (permalink)
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Nope, original owner. I've always replaced them with the hubs from O'Reilly for $179. They come with a one year warranty, so I buy one, then claim the warranty 9ish months later for the other one.
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Old 01-18-2013, 09:35 PM   eBay Motors  #7 (permalink)
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same here OP. I have 135k and check hubs and everything every oil change (3,000 miles) and never had one go bad. I have replaced pitman, idler, pivot assembly, tie rods, boots, but that was due to my fault and upgrades not failure.

Also most snap on sockets i have broken all break like that.
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Old 01-18-2013, 09:42 PM   eBay Motors  #8 (permalink)
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That's why I have impact sockets and my 3/8ths gun and a set for my 1/2 inch gun as well
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