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Ok here what happened...

I was driving down a main street here in town i was going about 45 mph. As i was driving the truck yanked once to the right and then i straightened it out it sounded as if it was grinding as i drove to the next driveway and stopped to see if i could see anything. I went to the right front tire and it looked like a lot of brakedust was on the rim. i looked and it looked normal. so i knew it was inside but as i drove home i came to think that it would be a wheel bearings but i am not sure if it is the inner or outer, then i cam to think it might be the hub assembly(you know expect the worst, hope for the best). How would i know before i rip everything apart.
 

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Lift the front tires off the ground and spin them, if they don't spin smooth, then the bearings will need to be replaced.
 

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That sounds more like a brake problem to me than a wheel bearing . Jack up the fronts and give them a spin. A bearing will be pretty obvious because you'll most likely hear a continuous grinding or other noise as it spins. A warped rotor will have an intermiten noise and resistance to the spin. I would check everything out but my guess is one of your pads started to come apart. That would explain the sudden jerk and excessive brake dust. If you do end up tearing it all apart I would replace inner and outer bearings, new dust seal, turn or replace the rotors, and get new pads. I just did a complete front over haul recently and it ran me about 200 bucks. Not too expensive for the peace of mind.:thumbup
 

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When the wheel bearings let go, the wheel can get cocked on the spindle, pushing against the pads. Depending on how bad it was, it may have only put slight pressure on the pads...compared to what happened to me, when I lost all braking ability...

 

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That sounds more like a brake problem to me than a wheel bearing . Jack up the fronts and give them a spin. A bearing will be pretty obvious because you'll most likely hear a continuous grinding or other noise as it spins. A warped rotor will have an intermiten noise and resistance to the spin. I would check everything out but my guess is one of your pads started to come apart. That would explain the sudden jerk and excessive brake dust. If you do end up tearing it all apart I would replace inner and outer bearings, new dust seal, turn or replace the rotors, and get new pads. I just did a complete front over haul recently and it ran me about 200 bucks. Not too expensive for the peace of mind.:thumbup
Sorry, I don't think so. Check your axle u-joint, your hub may have been locked in and when the u-joint let go it pulled your truck to one side and lucky for you it broke up real good. Regardless of what it is, you have to get your hands dirty.
 

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that sounds like a wheel bearing issue. my wheel bearings went out at different times and each time, the truck would jerk to whatever side was going and out and it made a grinding noise. jack up the front end, spin the tires and if you hear the griding noise, replace the wheel bearings on both sides. also, by grabing the tire by either top and bottom or front and back and shaking it, you will be able to tell if its bad or not. if it is bad then the tire and hub will shake wherever you grab it and shake.
 

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cool i will do the wheel bearings, the brakes seem to still look good. but after i change the wheel bearings, at some point in time i will do the brakes again

Thanks Yall
 
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