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Re: 2003 SRT DD

Posted: Tue Jan 29, 2019 5:47 pm
by JeremyJ
You can see how filthy that part of the K-frame is, because the stock axle was also losing grease in that area. That mound is pretty new, though. I wiped it off after taking the picture, so I can check on it again to see if there's new buildup. It definitely looks like it's coming from the rear boot.

I'm getting super frustrated with this car already. There's nothing worse than a problem that just won't go away. I'm pretty sure the wheel bearing is bad on the passenger side, too. I don't have access to a press, so I'm probably going to have to take it somewhere to replace that. More money I don't have right now.

Re: 2003 SRT DD

Posted: Thu Jan 31, 2019 7:33 pm
by occasional demons
The front knuckles are still available new.

I don't know if they are complete with bearings/hubs or not. Worth calling to find out. The Caliber knuckles come with everything.



List price $200 5272487AC NEON; 5 STUD; LEFT; MANUAL TRANS; W/SRT-4 Wholesale Mopar $133.20

List price $190 5272486AC NEON; 5 STUD; RIGHT; MANUAL TRANS; W/SRT-4 Wholesale Mopar $126.54

For that cheap, you couldn't buy the parts and press it yourself. Of course that doesn't include shipping. :/

When the wheel bearings crapped in mom's Caliber, it was cheaper/easier/faster to just buy new knuckles.

Re: 2003 SRT DD

Posted: Fri Feb 01, 2019 1:51 pm
by JeremyJ
Everywhere I'm searching shows the knuckle without the bearing or hub in it. That would be a killer deal if it was assembled, though.

Re: 2003 SRT DD

Posted: Fri Feb 01, 2019 2:10 pm
by MyNeonSaysHi
Yeah I never seen a knuckle with the hub and bearing brand new. Sorry you are having issues with your car man. But the older these cars get the more issues to face. Especially if it has high miles like yours, lots of original parts that need replaced.

Re: 2003 SRT DD

Posted: Fri Feb 01, 2019 7:50 pm
by occasional demons
JeremyJ wrote:
Fri Feb 01, 2019 1:51 pm
Everywhere I'm searching shows the knuckle without the bearing or hub in it. That would be a killer deal if it was assembled, though.
The pictures don't show it, but neither did the Caliber illustrations. But it has "5 Stud" in the description. Like I said, it's worth calling a knowledgeable parts person to confirm, or have them find out for sure. Basically what I did for the Caliber knuckles. I wasn't ordering them until I knew for sure they were assy's vs the raw part.

If they are assy's, it is a very smokin' deal.

IIRC, the Caliber knuckles were a touch over $200 each.

Re: 2003 SRT DD

Posted: Sat Feb 02, 2019 11:25 am
by ducktapetg
Keep your head up! You don't find neons, never mind srt4s, in this good of shape anymore. IMO, its worth the headache knowing it is in great shape.

Did you check your intermediate shaft's bearing while you were doing the axles? Mind torn from the mount causing it to wiggle. That doesn't solve the drivers side issue. Also, I would imagine any shop can do a wheel bearing for cheap if you bring them the knuckle. If you could get access to a press, the bearing is $25 and there is a great how-to somewhere on how to do it. I mean, if you were going to drop the money on a knuckle, you could buy a shop press (craigslist/harbor freight) and replace it for about the same cost. Just an option.

Keep it up though! Car looks great (and I would keep it as stock as possible, there aren't many left)