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post #1 of (permalink) Old 09-12-2002, 09:36 PM Thread Starter
 
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Broke the rear axle on a dually, need help.

Vehicle in question - 85 GMC 1 ton flatbed.
Axle - HA! I wish it were so simple. Driving down the highway I hear an odd noise, but it didn't seem to be the truck so I kept going. About 4 miles later (and about 45 miles from home I might add) the left side duals and the axle and all decide to partially separate from the truck. If that wasn't fun enough at 70mph, stoping this beast was bad. I finally got it to a stop and got out to inspect the damage. All I could tell is that I was rolling on the axle and not the bearings. Believe it or not the axle is fine, but the housing might be toast. The axle tube at the end where the thread is, is egg shaped and cracked about an inch right where the shear pin goes. Just to get this truck home I wonder if you guys have a better idea than to try and straighten the tube, force on the nut, drive it home to replace the axle in the back yard. I guess I could have it towed, but that ain't cheap. Any ideas?
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Re: Broke the rear axle on a dually, need help.

Ok, this is prolly only good for a laugh, but in a 4wd magazine this guy told about how he lashed a branch to teh side of the truck to hold the front wheel in the housing. If you could figure some way to keep the wheels/axle from walking out of the housing on you (attaching a bar across teh outside or something) you might be able to limp home. But 45 miles.......have fun[img]images/icons/crazy.gif[/img]

Anyways, i'd be curious to know how the hell u broke a 1 ton axle housing [img]images/icons/crazy.gif[/img][img]images/icons/cool.gif[/img]
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Re: Broke the rear axle on a dually, need help.

I figure it was the outer bearing that came apart and the whole assembly slid past the nut. It was just old. When this happened, it turned from a full floating axle to an expanding semifloating axle without bearings. No bearings + heavy truck = busted axle tube end. I guess I could have a new tube pressed in, but with no such shop available and the fact that I found a rear axle for $350 I think that might be cheaper. But I still need help limping it home.
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Re: Broke the rear axle on a dually, need help.

Put the rear on a dolley and tow it home. Thats your safest bet. Then I would just get a new axle, sounds like your spindle nut came off.

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Re: Broke the rear axle on a dually, need help.

that happened to a buddy and I in his 3/4 ton Ford truck. I think he tightenned teh bearing too tight last time we worked on teh rear end and we were up in the mountains and all of a sudden lost power like the clutch went out. Look back and the wheel is about 1.5 foot from teh truck rising on teh shaft. Luckily it didn't come all the way out. Didn't get it off the mountain till teh next morning since it was a 2 hour drive from town to were it croke down. What a fun day [img]images/icons/smile.gif[/img]
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Re: Broke the rear axle on a dually, need help.

That sucks dude. Did it look something like this?



Took me 6 hours in a parts store parking lot to repair it. Both lock rings broke as we were taking them off because the spindle was ovalized, but we managed to hammer the spindle back to somewhat round with a BFH and the pieces of the lock nuts. My problem was either the drum didn't have the snapring installed correctly, or something happened and sheared it out.

If your spindle is toast bad, just buy a new axle, cheaper than fixing it I would imagine.

I concur with Jason on this, dolley the rear and tow it home.
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Re: Broke the rear axle on a dually, need help.

thats exactly what ares look like but on a full floater.
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Re: Broke the rear axle on a dually, need help.

What i wanna know is how do you continue driving 4 more miles knowing you heard a ugly noise from your truck [img]images/icons/smile.gif[/img]. Then, how do you not notice it manuvering funny when half the axle is sticking out [img]images/icons/smile.gif[/img]

I thought only women made mistakes like that [img]images/icons/smile.gif[/img]
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Re: Broke the rear axle on a dually, need help.

mnorby, that is a full floater.

I caught the hub burning hot at the summit of a mountain, and I got off the highway and tried to limp it into the next town. I almost made it.

Now I religiously check my hub temps everytime I stop for gas, and sometimes in between.
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Re: Broke the rear axle on a dually, need help.

Azzkicker - It's not a mistake that I would have normally made. The highway was rough and the junk I was hauling makes lots of noise. I didn't figure it was the truck or I would have stoped. This is one of those things that just happen, it doesn't really give much of a warning. An only "women" or to be more PC "idiot" mistake would be more along the lines of not stoping when the "geenie lamp thingy" is flashing. [img]images/icons/smile.gif[/img] [img]images/icons/tongue.gif[/img]
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