I figured out my 04' 2wd is a Heavy Duty model with the 6 lug hub/rotor. The hub is one piece factory pressed with rotor.
I took the tire and wheel off. I noticed I could move the rotor a little back and forth..... Not so much left and right but it does wiggle if you grab top and bottom and wiggle it.
Through research I did find one guy who said his mechanic was able to service the bearings without buying a whole new rotor.
I figured it was worth a shot. If it doesnt work, I still have to buy a new rotor assembly but if it does work, I"m good..
I removed the cotter pin, the castle nut, and the hub/rotor assembly (one-piece).
I removed the snap ring carefully without damage and pressed out the bearings and race. Dis-assembled the bearings and cleaned, inspected, and re-greased after watching countless videos online how to do that the right way. I'm pretty confident I got it right.
I didnt notice any damage went ahead and re-assembled. I put the rotor assembly back on the spindle and re-used the axle nut. (I know it say dont re-use) but I'm just testing my repair. If the repair worked, then I would go ahead and buy the $20.00 axle nut. If it didn't work, and I had bought an axle nut, I would have to remove it again to buy the new rotor and replace making me end up buying 2 axle nuts for the same side... Follow me?...
So now I've got it back on. I still feel the play in the rotor. Here's my question:
- Is it that I haven't cranked enough on the axle nut yet?
- Or is that the bearing assembly isn't set in enough?
- Or is it just a bad bearing and I can't tell?
Sorry for the lengthy first post.