Dodge Ram 3500 Wheel Hubs and Bearings
Dodge Ram 3500 wheel hubs and bearings are crucial components that provide this truck with its power and smooth driving experience. When functioning properly, these parts provide optimal gas mileage and overall performance. When malfunctioning, the effects can be detrimental to the axles, drivetrain, and tires.How does a wheel hub work?
Wheel hubs connect your truck's tires to the body. Their primary function, however, is to seal and protect the bearings. When well-maintained, the Dodge Ram 3500 operates at its maximum performance. Good gas mileage, safely functioning braking systems, and a smooth driving experience are a few benefits of well-kept hubs.What are the signs of a faulty wheel hub?
When this component begins to deteriorate, the negative effects can grow exponentially. Some negative effects of a faulty wheel hub include:
- Stress on the drivetrain and axle
- Stress on the engine
- Faulty brakes resulting in unsafe driving conditions.
- Resistance in steering, especially at high speeds
- Poor performance and bad gas mileage
These components reduce the heat and friction caused by rapidly turning tires. These parts are small metal rings that house multiple steel balls. These steel balls are kept lubricated to reduce the wear and tear on the axles, drivetrain, braking system, and engine. When these components begin to break down, they can cause damage to your Dodge Ram 3500 at a rapid pace. Once these parts are compromised, the spinning from the tires creates friction and overheating. This can lead to the deterioration of adjoining components and can ultimately cause unsafe driving conditions. Signs that these components are failing include:
- A low grinding noise coming from the tires
- Resistance while steering
- Poor gas mileage
- A rough or tumultuous driving experience
- Braking issues
Wheel hubs and bearings can last for over 100,000 miles. However, it is recommended to have them checked every 25,000 to 30,000 miles or every time the oil is changed. Well-maintained components can last up to 200,000 miles; however, when these components are improperly lubricated with grease, unevenly installed, or put through extreme driving conditions, they can quickly damage the truck. Some of the results of faulty wheel bearings may include:
- Failure of the braking system
- Unnecessary stress on the drivetrain and the engine
- Reduced gas mileage
- Damage to the hubs, axles, and brakes