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Help with dodge 4x4 please

Discussion in 'Truck & Equipment Repair' started by peteo1, Jan 22, 2013.

  1. peteo1

    peteo1 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,659

    Wasn't sure if I should list this here or in the dodge forum but here goes....

    My 04 1500 is eating front end parts. I've replaced everything up front- ball joints, control arms, cv axles and the intermediate axles. The truck has 97k on it so I know some of it is just maintainence but breaking both the cv axles and the intermediates is troubling to me. I'm not hard on my equip and I don't plow hardly any commercial accts. I'm running a fisher 7 1/2' blade. And before anyone says upgrade to a 3/4, 1 ton, 550, triaxle or whatever, that's the idea for next year. I'm just concerned about this problem as I plan on keeping this truck as my daily driver.
     
  2. JustJeff

    JustJeff 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,028

    It's just the light-weight construction of the trucks nowadays. While my wife was driving my '07 half-ton, a front bearing went bad (sealed and not greasable by the way), it caused me about 1,500 in front end damage. Got so hot it busted a tire, had to replace an axle and some other stuff that I forget now. I had to replace front shocks at about 50K because they were leaking all over my driveway as well. Overall, not a lot of complaints about this truck specifically, I just have to remind myself that this is the way the entire half-ton industry is heading due to EPA and MPG. I also took it in to have the front end aligned about three months ago, and they told me that they couldn't do it until I replaced the inner and outer tie rods due to them being so worn that a front end alignment would be useless unless I replaced them.
     
  3. clark lawn

    clark lawn PlowSite.com Addict
    from NE ohio
    Messages: 1,233

    A half ton is not a real truck. Only put your plow in when needed, don't drive around with it on.
     
  4. peteo1

    peteo1 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,659

    Gee thanks, never would've thought of that :Thumbs Up:
     
  5. White Gardens

    White Gardens 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,665

    Just did the ball joints, front hubs and hub actuators on my F-150 today. Going in for an alignment tomorrow. I'm hoping to not hear that I need to do the tie-rod ends.

    Went with Timken front hubs, MOOG problem solver ball joints, and Dorman Actuators. The truck has 150k on it so it should last the life of the truck.

    Whenever possible on your dodge, replace parts with grease-able higher end parts. It might help in the long run.


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  6. peteo1

    peteo1 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,659

    Yes, that's what I did with the hubs and ball joints. The axles came directly from the local dodge dealer do they should be ok, well, I hope they are.
     
  7. White Gardens

    White Gardens 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,665

    Ya, I doubt there is an aftermarket axle you could get without spending an arm and a leg.


    Is it a solid axle or are you talking the CV shafts?



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  8. peteo1

    peteo1 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,659

    No. Unfortunately its cv shafts. As a matter of fact I lost my 4wd yesterday. Put it up on the lift and got into it today. Broke a bearing in the front diff and ruined the ring gear. Got a new one coming tomorrow. Fortunately dodge parts are cheap. I think this trucks career has come to an end. I worked a deal with my friend I sub for to where I'll finish the season in one of his trucks as an hourly employee which is ok by me. On the bright side, I guess I have all year to find another truck to plow with.
     
  9. Trapper-Randy

    Trapper-Randy Junior Member
    Messages: 12

    I have a 2000 Dodge 1500 Quad cab and it has never plowed snow, but I am always changing axle joints, ball Joints ,wheel bearings and sway bar links. I think when this truck gets retired that will be the end of my dodge experience!


    T-R
     
  10. Laszlo Almasi

    Laszlo Almasi Senior Member
    Messages: 326

    I've upgraded my front ball joints and such...much like a lot of others. However, I went with the free-spin front hub kit this last time. From now on, replacing front wheel hubs can be done in one afternoon and will cost buttloads less.

    I myself have never really had any major problems with my 2500 and it just passed 300k miles.
     
  11. MickiRig1

    MickiRig1 PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,617

    Do yourself a favor and get at least a 3/4 ton or bigger. The 1/2 ton's are just not built heavy duty enough to plow with. You just wear out parts and break parts. Brakes wear out quicker too. I went to a 3/4 ton, never broke a drive train part. Just normal wear and tear stuff. Got 30,000 between front end rebuilds and axle U-Joints....
     
  12. peteo1

    peteo1 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,659

    That's the plan. I'm pretty good right now since my truck is worth a lot more than what I owe. Looks like I'll be shopping come spring time.
     
  13. MickiRig1

    MickiRig1 PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,617

    People will be unloading trucks since it's been such a weak snow season. They don't need a 4X4 truck when we get no snow.
     
  14. ceptorman

    ceptorman Senior Member
    from Indy
    Messages: 197

    Yes, you could probably get a truck with a plow already on for a stealThumbs Up
     
  15. Trapper-Randy

    Trapper-Randy Junior Member
    Messages: 12

    My recommendation is No Dodges!!!


    T-R
     
  16. condo plow

    condo plow Senior Member
    from chicago
    Messages: 328

    Don't replace with 1500 parts replace with 2500 v10 parts they will fit
     
  17. Snow Commandor

    Snow Commandor Senior Member
    from 07666
    Messages: 439

    The only half ton truck I would ever plow with was my old solid axel 85 Dodge W100! That truck was indestructable! I had less front end problems with that truck than my friend had with his 3/4 ton Chevy. Man I miss that old truck.
     
  18. peteo1

    peteo1 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,659

    This is the first dodge I've ever owned. I'm pretty sure it will be my last. I've never had this many problems with any of the Chevys I've had combined. That being said I may be tempted into an f250. I figure I've got till around September to decide.
     
  19. Snow Commandor

    Snow Commandor Senior Member
    from 07666
    Messages: 439

    Unfortionately all the new 3/4 ton trucks today have independant front-ends, making them more high maintenance under plowing conditions. There's no equal in the world to having a bomb-proof Dana 60 front-end like the first and second gen. Dodge 2500's had! That's what I love about my 99 Dodge 2500! Definately go with the aftemarket Moog front-end parts that have grease zurks built in. They will outlast any oem replacement parts.
     
  20. cpmi

    cpmi Senior Member
    from CT
    Messages: 162

    What year did the dodge 2500 go to independent front suspension?