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Old 06-28-2016
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I am: Dan H
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Bearing & hub questions

Got my truck aligned and they mentioned my wheel bearings had a bit of play. Truck has 140K+ miles so not a surprise.

I've been looking online at repair procedures and am wondering . . . with that many miles would I be best off to replace the hub assembly at the same time? Most of the ones I'm finding are for 4WD, is the only thing that I'm scratching my head over.
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Old 06-28-2016
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I am: Cameron Howard
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As far as the Ranger goes, 4wd and 2wd are built very differently in this area. With a 4x4 Ranger, the rotor is completely seperate from the hub and bearing assembly. The hub bearing assembly is also one piece in a 4x4 application.

4wd and 2wd front wheel bearing, rotor, and hub assemblies are set up totally different. On rockauto, you can purchase a bearing for each side, and it's literally just the bearing.

In contrast, rotors for a 2wd aren't built in the same way. I've never worked on a 2wd Ranger, so I can't say just how these parts go together, but that should at least shine a little light on your problem.
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