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97 Ram 1500 4x4. trying to replace front wheel hub assembly (bad wheel bearing). Everything is removed, brake caliper, castle nut etc. Wheel hub assembly itself is stuck... big time. Two weeks of PB solvent, tried leaving the hub assembly bolts partially threaded with socket on end and hitting with a hammer. Assembly won't budge. Tried putting deep well socket on end of hub assembly bolt and pinching against the steel mount that the axle runs through (not sure what its called) and using the power steering to pop hub assembly off. Nothing, didn't budge. Tried using a hub puller and it just wanted to pull the hub itself out of its assembly.
I've spent two weeks beating, banging, leveraging, prying and everything else I could think of to get this thing to move. Not a budge.
Any help or suggestions as to how to get this thign off would be greatly appreciated.
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if you have an air compressor take an air hammer with the pointed end for bolts and other things. the 3 bolts that hold the bearing in, turn them out 5 or 6 turns and hit the heads with the air hammer. keep doing this and it will fall right out. all that needs to be done is popping the tie-rod end off. make sure you hit the head of all 3 bolts and close to the centers as possible or you could ruin the bolt.