Having problems with your 2004 Dodge Ram 1500 ?

2002 1500 4 x 4 Replacing front wheel bearing hub; can't get to the 3 bolts

\015 I have the caliper and rotor off, spindle nut is off, but I cannot get to the 3 bolts on the backside because the metal u-joint cover is so close to the bolt heads. I cant get a socket on them, nor can I get a box or open end wrench on them either. I can't even determine what size they are - are they 14mm as I have read. How do you get to these bolts? I've turned the wheels back and forth to try and get on to them and now I am just at a standstill. If anyone has a trick, let me know please. Thanks, David\015 Posted / edited by AnonymousUser on : 30-03-2020

Answers :

To start with, that is not a u-joint cover, it is a cv joint. if this is a chevy. you will have to pull the cv shaft out of the spindel. first loosen the outter tierod nut on the spindel, do not take off completely but just so its on finger tight. get a large hammer and hit the spindel right where the tierod goes through it. a couple of good shots and it should drop out take off nut and move outter tierod aside. now you are gonna do the same thing to the lower ball joint. only when your ready to hit that part of the spindel where the ball joint goes through get a prybar under the upper controll arm and get a budy to push up on it. as long as the shock is still bolted on your in no danger. pull the spindel out towards you from the bottom and you will have enough room to pull the shaft out of spindel to get the nuts. you might have to put ball joint back in without shaft in place to hold spindel still to break those bolts loose. make sure you use new cotter pins on ball joint and tierod nuts
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