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post #1 of (permalink) Old 12-08-2003, 10:41 PM
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&@$%&* Axle Saver

If you've got one of these tremendous pieces of sh!t on your truck, don't wait, get rid of it right away. The previous owner had one on the right rear of my Suburban and it just melted down and created some major carnage. I've got the carrier on the floor of my garage and am currently trying to get all of the metal shavings out of it. I hate spending money on a ten bolt, but don't have the time or money to drop in anything heavier at this point. So, be forewarned if you have one of these things...
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post #2 of (permalink) Old 12-08-2003, 10:42 PM
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Explain, whats an axle saver?
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post #3 of (permalink) Old 12-08-2003, 10:51 PM
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It is a replacement for a rear axle bearing in a semi-floater rear end. The axle saver re-positions the location of where the bearing rides on the axle shaft, so if your axle develops a bad spot on it or the seal makes a groove in the shaft and it develops a leak (like the previous owner had with mine), you can put in this axle saver bearing and fix the problem for fifty bucks instead of $150 for a new axle and bearing. I was told by my local drivetrain shop that they also weaken the axle by moving the bearing inboard. I don't know about all that, but I do know that mine failed and milled off about 1/16 of an inch all of the way around the shaft and made a huge mess.
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Re: &@$%&* Axle Saver

The only kind I know of is the bearing thing that moves the bearing out further towards the wheel off a damaged bearing surface on the axle shaft. I've heard of them spinning in the tube before and then grenading.

When it comes to this you're better off getting a sleeve kit that you press over the axle shaft in order to regain a nice surface.
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Re: &@$%&* Axle Saver

I've had a $23 Timken one-piece repair bearing on mine for 3 years and no problems [img]images/graemlins/40BEER.gif[/img]
guess it's a chevy thing [img]images/graemlins/blush.gif[/img] [img]images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]
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