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    98 Dodge Caravan rear brakes and wheel bearing?

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    Just like it says the wifes ride has a whining at a certain speed, 80-85 km/hr and thats it. I have been suspecting a couple of rear wheel bearings for a while now. Is this a tough job? It's front wheel drive so I dont expect it will be too tough but can anyone offer some insight? Also without thinking I pushed the ebrake just one notch the other night and it never gets used so I think it may have seized a bit. Wheel was pretty hot for the ride home but seemed to be no drag when I coasted. It's a 98 front wheel drive of course. Any special tools needed for the rear brakes? Any help would be appreciated.
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    If it's the rear bearings the brake shoes "probably" won't have to come off ,just the drum. At least that's my experience with other Chrysler and Ford products.... You will need a large socket ,not sure of the size, but it's available at CT/Partsource loan-a-tool programs.
    Chances are you are probably due for new brake shoes and drums anyway though, unless they've been done recently.

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    I did the rear wheel bearings in my Caravan a bunch of years ago with the help of a mechanic.. it was pretty straight forward.. but i had waited until my bearing tore apart, and the wheel was pretty wonky.. i ended up getting a new hub assembly in (scrap yard, 60 bucks)

    It was a 94 Caravan, can't imagine it being much different..

    with regards to the Ebrake, when i first got the van, i used it.. and it seized on.. a few cracks with the hammer, and some KRAK (penetrating oil) I got it free.. with ebrakes you either use them, or lose them... I am in the habbit of using them whenever I park.. Auto or Manual. (the transmission is not a kick-stand!)

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    Thanks for the replies guys!

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    Days late, but I've done rear bearings in a ½ dozen Caravans. You'll need simple hand tools to pull the 4 bolts (shoes do not need to be removed), and a BFG and punches to get the bearing out of the hub. Make sure to have on hand sand paper and a wire brush to clean the hub surface. Anti-seize is a good idea, incase your new one fails in a few years.

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    Anyone ever do a rear bearing on an AWD dodge/chrysler??
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    Nope, but other than having an axle splined to it, shouldn't be much different.

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