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  1. Boomer

    Suspect bad wheel bearing. 2003 Dodge Ram 1500 4x4. 4.7L 106,000

    Well I worked on the truck today. I changed the lower ball joint and the hub bearing assembly on the drivers (left) side. What a bear. That hub was seized into the aluminum steering knuckle so hard. It took forever to get out. The lower ball joint also came out hard. Fortunately I had stopped...
  2. Boomer

    Suspect bad wheel bearing. 2003 Dodge Ram 1500 4x4. 4.7L 106,000

    I was able to check the truck out on Sunday. I jacked it up and put it in 4WD so I could get the wheels spinning fast. I used my mechanics stethoscope and listened to the steering knuckle. The passenger side sounded fairly quiet. The driver side however was howling loudly. I'm confident that...
  3. Boomer

    Suspect bad wheel bearing. 2003 Dodge Ram 1500 4x4. 4.7L 106,000

    Thank you. I’ll check it out more thoroughly. Hopefully this weekend.
  4. Boomer

    Suspect bad wheel bearing. 2003 Dodge Ram 1500 4x4. 4.7L 106,000

    Thanks Bill. I will check these things out before getting parts. I’m hoping to do some checking this weekend
  5. Boomer

    Suspect bad wheel bearing. 2003 Dodge Ram 1500 4x4. 4.7L 106,000

    So I’m imagining that turning the wheel slightly right loads the right side more than the left. Since the noise went away when moving the wheel right, that indicates the problem is likely front left. Do I have that right?
  6. Boomer

    Suspect bad wheel bearing. 2003 Dodge Ram 1500 4x4. 4.7L 106,000

    Thank you very much, Bill. I reckon it is a good idea to troubleshoot more. I can rotate the tires (meaning front to back and criss cross the fronts) since that is a recommended procedure anyway. While I have the wheels off, I should be able to rotate the hubs and listen for noise beyond just...
  7. Boomer

    Suspect bad wheel bearing. 2003 Dodge Ram 1500 4x4. 4.7L 106,000

    Took the truck for a test drive today. The sound doesn't appear until 50-55 mph. It's a pretty loud rumble though. When I turn the wheel slightly right while driving at 55, the noise goes away. If I turn the wheel left, there is no change. I was told by a mechanic years ago that indicated which...
  8. Boomer

    Question about brake line compression fittings.

    I ended up replacing the entire line using NiCopper.
  9. Boomer

    Question about brake line compression fittings.

    I posted once more right before you did. :)
  10. Boomer

    Question about brake line compression fittings.

    Thanks gr, I did buy some nickel copper tubing and flare nuts as well as inverted flare fittings. https://www.autozone.com/brakes-and-traction-control/brake-line-fitting/p/brakelines-brake-system-adapter-blu-4c/845016_0_0?searchText=brake line fittings This will be my first attempt at flaring...
  11. Boomer

    Question about brake line compression fittings.

    Are these safe to use on an anti lock brake system? Says rated to 300 PSI
  12. Boomer

    Surgery finally got done

    Hoping for quick healing for you, Nick.
  13. Boomer

    Surgery finally got done

    Hey Nick. Sorry to see you laid up like that. I hope it heals fast for you. I understand it driving you crazy. Just make sure you don't run out of 6 packs! :p
  14. Boomer

    Traction light and jerking or hard shifting

    Not exactly a great looking repair for $263 or whatever it was huh? I was suspicious of them too. They "seem" ok. Since I could hold them still and wiggle the others and make it die, that leads me to the other group but, I can't totally rule that one out. I appreciate the help from you guys.
  15. Boomer

    Traction light and jerking or hard shifting

    I've got a weller soldering station. Nice units. I also like to use heat shrink and a generic brand heat gun from harbor freight. Are you saying that you can buy wiring that matches the factory colors? Thanks for all of the help, my friend.
  16. Boomer

    Traction light and jerking or hard shifting

    I believe the black one you are referring to is the ground to the MAF sensor. What he did was cut the factory wire and tied a new one into that new connector (all white wires like you mention in a later post) and grounded it at the engine right below this group of wire. You can see that in both...
  17. Boomer

    Traction light and jerking or hard shifting

    That small one is the one I firmly believe causing the problem. I say that because I held the larger one still while wiggling the smaller one with the other hand and I can make the engine die. Seems like if I push them into that connector, things are fine. My idea is to maybe try and isolate...
  18. Boomer

    Traction light and jerking or hard shifting

    Ok, today I pulled that connector apart looking to see if anything was loose. I did not see anything. I used contact cleaner and cleaned the contacts but, it didn't help. Surely one of you guys has experienced something similar. Could it be that it's just a little loose inside where I can't see...
  19. Boomer

    Traction light and jerking or hard shifting

    Ok, I have an update. The car as I said in the last post was running fine. I started doing the wiggle test. I wiggled the two big engine engine grounds. G105 below the coolant reservoir area (actually a tad forward of it but that's how it's described in the sheet nickb2 provided) The other one...
  20. Boomer

    Traction light and jerking or hard shifting

    I went over and picked up the car today. 28 degrees Fahrenheit outside. Started right up and drove with no problem. Forward and reverse. I didn't have very far to go but, no CEL or service traction message. Shut it off, restarted, drove fine again. Very short test but, it shows how this problem...
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