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Old 10-29-2009, 12:45 AM
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Wheel Bearing Nut TQ Specs

Does anybody know the exact torque specifications for the front wheel bearing/hub axle nut??? I need to know specifically for the 1998 Dodge Dakota 2WD. I read in the haynes book for 2000-2003 dakota's its 185ft-lbs but I want to be 100% sure its the same for my 1998 dakota.
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Old 10-29-2009, 12:56 AM
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Unfortunately for me im doing this by hand with a torque wrench and anything I can use for leverage lol I read that it has to be near exact for it to sit properly. I would rather be safe than sorry.
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185 is correct! Though the Mopar factory service says very specifically NOT to reuse the nut, that you need a new nut every time.

Just wondering, how many miles on your truck? Wasn't sure how long the wheel bearings normally last.
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Bearing nut has to be correctly torqued or you wll be going through wheel bearings faster than you should be.
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185 is correct! Though the Mopar factory service says very specifically NOT to reuse the nut, that you need a new nut every time.

Just wondering, how many miles on your truck? Wasn't sure how long the wheel bearings normally last.
I have near 75,000 miles. BTW are you talking about the tq specs for your 2001? I want to know 10000% for sure its the same for my 1998. Im going to call dodge tomorrow to see if they have new nuts in stock, I dont think the hubs come with new ones.
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I have near 75,000 miles. BTW are you talking about the tq specs for your 2001? I want to know 10000% for sure its the same for my 1998. Im going to call dodge tomorrow to see if they have new nuts in stock, I dont think the hubs come with new ones.
Make sure you are sitting down when they tell you the price of the new nuts. My dealership wanted 33 bucks apiece......

A lot of times you will get new hub nuts with the new hubs too (although mine didn't come with any - piss me off....)
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Do these nuts come with some pre-applied thread locker or something?

Why are they so adamant about not reusing the nuts on 2wd models? I don't recall any issue with 4wd models and I've put many many miles on mine with reused nuts.
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Do these nuts come with some pre-applied thread locker or something?

Why are they so adamant about not reusing the nuts on 2wd models? I don't recall any issue with 4wd models and I've put many many miles on mine with reused nuts.
I thought the 4 wheel drives had castle nuts - my 2wd is just a big ass nut with a nylon insert - the nylon is bitched after one use......

Mine also doesn't have a cotter pin.
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