Last Saturday my daughter who is in college 100 miles away called. She said the truck was making a grinding noise like it was dragging something down the road beneath her feet. She also said the ABS light was coming on and going off. She said it was not making the noise all the time only intermittently. She said she looked under the truck and nothing was dragging.
I asked if any noise when just the engine running, not moving. To rule out serpentine idlers or alternator. No.
So I asked it made the noise when turning or going straight. She said not that she could tell.
Because of the ABS light, I am thinking unit bearing/hub.
I ask when she plans to come home next. She says Thanksgiving. OK, LMK if it gets worse.
Monday morning she calls and says the noise is all the time now and ABS light is staying on. She's worried. I tell her she needs to bring it home. She says she has to work until 6PM and then come home, should be there by 8PM
7:30 she calls and says she is 20 miles from home and it's real bad now, that it caught fire, but she got it out.
I call a buddy and we are off to the farm for the trailer, chains, chain come-a-long and chain binders. When we get there the left front wheel is leaning. There is grease all over everything behind the wheel. The outer CV joint boot is torn.
By 10PM we have it home and unloaded and in the pole barn.
Tuesday is opening day firearms deer season. No truck work until Wednesday.
Wednesday I take it apart enough to determine what parts are needed. Unit bearing/hub assembly, CV axle assembly (I am not sure if I can just replace the lost grease and put on a new boot, so I opt for a complete axle assembly). Caliper bracket, the outer part is bent. the rotor has worn both ends of it. One caliper pin is seized and bent. The spring clips that hold the pads are bent and show heat damage. I order parts and complete disassembly and clean usable parts. I also ordered the right side unit bearing hub assembly, since as far as I know it has the same miles as the left side. The parts are coming from 3 different warehouses. Overnight shipping is $160, 2-3 day is $30. regular 7-14 day is $25. I pick 2-3 day shipping.
Thursday, both unit bearing/hub assembles arrive. I get them installed.
Friday everything else arrives and I get it all installed. I checked the "oil life" monitor for the engine and it's showing 25%. So I also change the oil and filter, better now with it 65° than later at 15°
With the bearing "gone" the CV axle wore away part of the head of one of the three attaching bolts for bearing /hub. I used a cutoff grinder to cut through the bearing /hub and bolt until I got it out. Later I remembered I have "rounded off bolt removing sockets" that might have worked. I went to the local U-Pull Salvage yard to see if I could find a usable one. They said they had closed down the U-Pull a couple of months ago and no longer allowed customers to enter the yard. So I went to the local dealer. That bolt was over $9
Unit bearing/hub $128 x 2
CV axle assembly $80
Caliper bracket $20
Caliper pin kit $7
Brake hardware kit $9
Special bolt $9
I am guessing a shop would have charged $1200-$ 1500 No idea what the tow bill would have been if I could not trailer it myself
Pictures of the truck and carnage. Sorry no picture of the leaning wheel, it was too dark.