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Front Suspension Wheel Bearing Problems of Dodge Dakota



Dodge Dakota owners have reported 22 problems related to front suspension wheel bearing (under the suspension category).

car image   Front Suspension Wheel Bearing problem of the 2005 Dodge Dakota 1
Failure Date: 02/03/2014

I bought this 2005 Dakota new. I have spent thousands in repairs and there is always something wrong with it. I've also never seen anything rust like this truck. This particular issue I am fighting now. At speeds between 55 - 75 intermittently the truck will begin to vibrate. If you take your foot off the gas it gets worse. If you then apply the brakes the steering wheel begins to shake almost violently, and the brake pedal pulses. If I slow down to about 30 mph it stops and may happen again quickly or may not happen again for a while. I have replaced the rotors and calipers and tie rod ends and gotten an alignment. Still the issue exists. I have new michelin tires. I have also already had to replace lower ball joints and front wheel bearings. I have replaced the rotors and calipers 3 times already on this truck. It has less than 65k miles on it. No one seems to be able to figure out what the problem is. I will never, ever buy another Chrysler / Dodge product. This was my first and will be my last.

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car image   Front Suspension Wheel Bearing problem of the 2005 Dodge Dakota 2
Failure Date: 01/31/2010

The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Dakota. The contact stated when driving at various speeds, the front wheels would exhibit an unusual noise and would veer the vehicle to one side. The dealer advised the hubs and bearings would need to be replaced. The repairs were performed at the owners expense and the failure did not recur. The failure mileage was approximately 45,000 and the current mileage was approximately 53,000.

car image   Front Suspension Wheel Bearing problem of the 1999 Dodge Dakota 3
Failure Date: 03/05/2009

The contact owns a 1999 Dodge Dakota sport. In June of 2008, the wheel bearings were replaced on the vehicle. In September and December of 2008 and again in January of 2009, the front wheel bearings were replaced. The contact stated the vehicle has never been taken to get serviced professionally. While driving at any speed, a clicking sound is heard coming from the wheels. The front wheel bearings have failed five times before while driving. This is currently the sixth occurrence and the contact would like some assistance. The failure mileage was 180,000.

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car image   Front Suspension Wheel Bearing problem of the 1999 Dodge Dakota 4
Failure Date: 12/17/2008

I have had to replace both front wheel bearings, they failed. Now I have to replace front ball joints. Why is this not being recalled? is my safety not a concern to Dodge or NHTSA? I have already been stranded on the highway at midnight, thanks.

car image   Front Suspension Wheel Bearing problem of the 2000 Dodge Dakota 5
Failure Date: 02/25/2008

Premature front wheel bearing failure: replaced left front wheel bearing at 72,026 miles; needs replacement again at 79,505 miles; 15 months later. (2000 Dodge Dakota: p/n: 52009528ae.

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car image   Front Suspension Wheel Bearing problem of the 2004 Dodge Dakota 6
Failure Date: 12/11/2006

Squealing sound coming from left front wheel. Jacked up vehicle to inspect and wheel was wobbling back and forth. Took it to dealer and learned that the bearings needed to be replaced on both front wheels. Vehicle has 38,000 miles and has been driven almost entirely on paved roads.

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car image   Front Suspension Wheel Bearing problem of the 2003 Dodge Dakota 7
Failure Date: 04/21/2005

Consumer states: lower control arm ball joint right front separted and wheel and came off vehicle while in motion.

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car image   Front Suspension Wheel Bearing problem of the 1998 Dodge Dakota 8
Failure Date: 02/06/2005

While driving my 1998 Dodge Dakota at 55 mph on the highway the front driver's side wheel bearing failed, causing the wheel to become separated from the bearing making control of the vehicle extremely difficult. The resulting damage required the axle, bearing, wheel, cv joint, cv boot, rotors and pads to be repaced for a cost of $2036. The truck only has 38,500 miles on it.

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car image   Front Suspension Wheel Bearing problem of the 1999 Dodge Dakota 9
Failure Date: 12/06/2004

After hearing a humming noise coming from the front end. The dealership informed the consumer that the front wheel bearing were worn.

car image   Front Suspension Wheel Bearing problem of the 2002 Dodge Dakota 10
Failure Date: 11/01/2004

The driver and passenger side wheel bearings failed. Drivers side heated up so much that it blew the tire and the rim off the hub while the vehicle was in motion. Due to the damage the wheel bearing hub, rotor, brake and tire had to be replaced. One week later the passengers side failed.

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car image   Front Suspension Wheel Bearing problem of the 2001 Dodge Dakota 11
Failure Date: 03/05/2004

Found out that my front wheel bearings are both going out. This vehicle only has 42,000 miles.

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car image   Front Suspension Wheel Bearing problem of the 2001 Dodge Dakota 12
Failure Date: 02/25/2004

Front wheel bearings failed at 50,000 miles. There was a whining noise while driving at low speeds. The vehicle was taken on a test drive and the noise could be heard from the left front bearing. The technician determined that there was play in the left front wheel bearing. The hub and bearing were replaced. Four months later there was a humming noise when turning left. The technician found play in the right front wheel bearing. The technician replaced the right front wheel bearing.

car image   Front Suspension Wheel Bearing problem of the 1998 Dodge Dakota 13
Failure Date: 12/29/2003

I have a 1998 Dodge Dakota. I purchase the vehicle with 55,000 miles. Within a couple of weeks I heard a clunking from the front end in a hard right low speed turn. I took the vehicle to the Dodge dealer and both front wheel bearings had to be replace. Had a failure occured at high speed it could have been a big failure. As a second owner I can say how the vehicle was maintained, but the vehicle showed not other signs of abuse. Quite the opposite it showed signs of excellent maintenance. Date below is approximate. The repair was expensive, but more important it someone could be killed if the wheel cuts lose at even moderate speed. The property damage checked is to vehicle thanks.

car image   Front Suspension Wheel Bearing problem of the 1998 Dodge Dakota 14
Failure Date: 10/24/2003

Worn front wheel bearing & excessive wear on upper & lower ball joints.

car image   Front Suspension Wheel Bearing problem of the 1999 Dodge Dakota 15
Failure Date: 09/08/2003

My 1999 Dodge Dakota had the wheel bearing fail at 65,000 miles. This is the same failure that has occurred in the 2000 to present recall. They should include the 1999 model in their recall.

car image   Front Suspension Wheel Bearing problem of the 2001 Dodge Dakota 16
Failure Date: 05/21/2003

While driving on a side road through a neighborhood, the front driver-side tire, wheel, brake, and rotor arm fell off my car. I believe the bearing failed and disconnected itself from the axel.

car image   Front Suspension Wheel Bearing problem of the 2002 Dodge Dakota 17
Failure Date: 08/05/2002

While driving 20mph front wheel bearing broke off, causing loss of control and injuries.

car image   Front Suspension Wheel Bearing problem of the 1997 Dodge Dakota 18
Failure Date: 01/23/2002

While driving at any speed there will be a vibration coming from front of vehicle. Consumer diagnosed problem as a faulty left/front wheel bearing. Dealership has not examined vehicle for this problem. Please provide any additional information / documentation.

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car image   Front Suspension Wheel Bearing problem of the 1997 Dodge Dakota 19
Failure Date: 01/16/2000

Consumer noticed that front wheel bearing were separated. Bearings were beinga held on by 1 nut & brake rotor. Vehicle was making a thumping sound going 65mph. Consumer found out thriugh the manufacturer that t 600,000 were on back order. Consumer purchased 1 through the dealer in stock for $150. Dealer seemed to know that it was a very common problem.

car image   Front Suspension Wheel Bearing problem of the 2001 Dodge Dakota 20

Consumer called complaining about having problems with the front driver side tire. Also stated that while driving the vehicle the whole tire came off. Dealer was contacted and stated that the wheel bearing was broken . Ts.

car image   Front Suspension Wheel Bearing problem of the 1997 Dodge Dakota 21

The consumer replaced the upper/lower ball joint and front wheel bearing. The consumer questioned whether or nor daimler Chrysler would be taking the fault. The consumer requested to be reimbursed.

car image   Front Suspension Wheel Bearing problem of the 1998 Dodge Dakota 22

Consumer stated the front wheel bearings keeps wearing out. When applying the brakes the vehicle vibrates. Also when making a sharp left turn the front wheel feels as though it skips. The dealer has been contacted. Nlm.