What Size Axle Nut Is On A Dodge Ram 1500? [All Years Chart]

Having the right size socket when dealing with these big Dodge Ram 1500 axle nuts sizes is almost always hard because you never have the right socket. Buying one also hurts because it costs so much and you only need it probably for this one job. Nevertheless, we go and buy as there is no other option.

From 1994 to 2002, the Dodge Ram 1500 axle nut was 1 ¾” (43mm). From 2003 onwards, the size was 1 ⅜” (35mm). However, if the axle has been replaced with an aftermarket product, the nut can be 36mm.

Unfortunately in this case you will need to get all 3 sockets to get the job done and then you can always return the ones you don’t use. That is what I do sometimes when it comes to this kind of situation.

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The CV Axle Nut Sizes For All Dodge Ram Years

Dodge Ram 1500 CV Axle

There was only one change in the size of the CV axle nut. In the 2003 Dodge Ram 1500 model the CV axle nut size was changed to 1 3/8″ (35mm) and it has stayed this size up to now.

So the Dodge Ram 1500 2002 and older have a CV axle nut size 1 3/4″ (43mm) and years 2003 and up have 1 3/8″ (35mm) size.

Some aftermarket CV axles comes with a nut that is 36mm, so if yours has been changed out at some point in the truck’s life, it may have the 36mm nut.

Dodge Ram 1500 CV Axle Nut Sizes

Dodge Ram YearSAE Socket SizeMetric Socket SizeAftermarket Nut Size
19941 3/4"43mmN/A
19951 3/4"43mmN/A
19961 3/4"43mmN/A
19971 3/4"43mmN/A
19981 3/4"43mmN/A
19991 3/4"43mmN/A
20001 3/4"43mmN/A
20011 3/4"43mmN/A
20021 3/4"43mmN/A
20031 3/8"35mm36mm
20041 3/8"35mm36mm
20051 3/8"35mm36mm
20061 3/8"35mm36mm
20071 3/8"35mm36mm
20081 3/8"35mm36mm
20091 3/8"35mm36mm
20101 3/8"35mm36mm
20111 3/8"35mm36mm
20121 3/8"35mm36mm
20131 3/8"35mm36mm
20141 3/8"35mm36mm
20151 3/8"35mm36mm
20161 3/8"35mm36mm
20171 3/8"35mm36mm
20181 3/8"35mm36mm
20191 3/8"35mm36mm
20201 3/8"35mm36mm
20211 3/8"35mm36mm
20221 3/8"35mm36mm
20231 3/8"35mm36mm
20241 3/8"35mm36mm

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What Are The Symptoms Of A Dodge Ram 1500 CV Axle Going Out?

A constant velocity axle, also called a CV axle or a half shaft, transfers power from the Dodge Ram 1500 transmission and differential to the wheels and moves the vehicle. Regular wear and tear can take a toll and, in time, damages the CV axle. When this happens, the power from the engine will no longer be transferred to the wheels, and the truck will not be able to move.

The CV axle does not suddenly fail, it gets worn down, and there are symptoms that show the damage to the axle. The following are the most common symptoms that the CV axle is about to give out.

  1. Vibration while driving. The axle will not turn smoothly, causing vibrations while the vehicle is moving.
  2. Grease on the inside or edge of tires. The axle is greased to ensure efficient operation. When the gaskets or boot is damaged, the grease leaks out onto the inside or the edge of the tire.
  3. A knocking sound. Any knocking sound made by the truck can be a sign of trouble. The CV axle makes a knocking sound when it is damaged or about to have significant damage.
  4. Clicking noises when turning. The CV axle creates a distinctive clicking sound during turns. During a turn, the two CV axles turn at different speeds.

What Happens When Dodge Ram 1500 CV Axle Goes Bad?

When the CV axle on a Dodge Ram 1500 goes bad, the whole driving experience is affected. The vehicle will no longer be able to move on its power.

Before the total failure, the vehicle will experience the following:

  • Clicking or popping sounds. You can hear clicking or popping sounds whenever you turn the steering wheel or accelerate.
  • Grinding noises. The damaged CV axle will rotate unevenly, causing even more damage. The CV axle will grind further against the assembly and other metals. It will be heard during turns and while accelerating.
  • Shaking or wobbling. Along with the popping and clicking sounds, the vehicle will also experience some shaking and wobbling during acceleration and turning.
  • Vibrations. The truck will vibrate when the CV axle is damaged. The broken axle will not be able to rotate correctly, causing uneven movement and transfer of power.
  • Difficulty in turning. Due to the uneven power transfer, turning the vehicle will be difficult.

When the CV axle goes bad, it is best to bring the vehicle to a mechanic for diagnostics and to give the problem. The CV axle may need to be replaced if it has already gone bad.

Can I Drive My Dodge Ram 1500 With A Bad CV Axle?

When the Dodge Ram 1500 CV axle goes bad, you shouldn’t drive it until the problem is fixed. Driving the vehicle with symptoms of a bad CV axle can cause more damage to the truck. If it falls while you drive it, the truck may lose power and control and cause an accident.

Having said that, if the symptoms just started and you hear a slight clicking when turning, you don’t have to stop the truck instantly. It is safe for you to drive home. After you get home you should contact your mechanic and get it repaired before taking the truck out on the road.

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What Does A Failing CV Axle Sound Like?

A failing CV axle sounds like a rough shaft turning against its housing. It produces a mechanical sound that is grating and will attract a lot of attention from the driver, passengers and anyone within hearing distance.

The most distinctive sound is a popping or clicking sound that usually occurs when the vehicle takes a turn. The sound is also pronounced when accelerating or when the shaft rotates faster. It sounds like a worn half-shaft or CV joint moving inside and abrading another metal.

Another typical sound of a failing CV shaft is an ominous vibration or rumbling. The vibration occurs because there is an imbalance in rotation between the opposing CV axles. The driver will be able to feel the vibration through the steering wheel. The vibration is also felt throughout the vehicle. It gets worse when traveling at high speeds.

Sometimes, when decelerating or accelerating, a grinding or knocking sound is produced by the damaged CV axle. Again, the sound is generated by the worn shaft or damaged bearings inside the joint.
Suppose these sounds occur while driving, turning the vehicle, accelerating, and decelerating. In that case, you should have a mechanic check the truck to determine the source of the sound and have the problem fixed before it worsens.

Can You Replace One CV Axle At A Time?

Yes, you can replace one CV axle at a time. The two opposing CVs operate independently of one another, and there is no reason to suspect that the cause of failure in one can also damage the opposing CV axle. It is not necessary to replace both CV axle joints simultaneously. However, while the mechanic is determining any damage to the CV, he can also take the time to inspect its opposing member, just in case.

2 thoughts on “What Size Axle Nut Is On A Dodge Ram 1500? [All Years Chart]”

  1. I’m looking to change wheel studs on my 2008 Ram 1500. The old stud does not have room for removal so I looked to remove the hub. My calliper measured just under 1 1/2” for the hub nut. From your chart I selected 36 mm and ordered a socket. It was too small. I trie a 12 point 1 1/2” socket and it was too big I tried a 1 7/16 socket and it was quite loose but worked to remove the nut. I then checked a1 3/8” socket and that was too small. Does anyone know the correct size?

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    • I noticed that there is a lot of variation on these trucks for some reason. Majority is 36mm size. I think the aftermarket hub nuts on these trucks are probably causing all the confusion. I also noticed that because the size is so big, the 35mm, 36mm and 37mm are so close together that any of these sizes (as long as it actually fits onto the nut) would work, you just have to find which fits your specific nut.

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