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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?