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Old 12-18-2012, 12:40 AM   #1
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Default Rear Axle. Need tech advice. Albuquerque NM


Well Wolf Creek was awesome this weekend! Four feet of powder and the riding was awesome...Also very crappy driving conditions, obviously Hit a snow bank and f'd upped the drive train somewhere.


Found my right rear axle separated from the diff. CV grease sprayed everywhere but the boot wasn't torn, just separated from the diff. Getting maybe 20% power to the wheels from 1st-2nd gear. Once the car is rolling 3rd-5th gears powers isn't as bat maybe 50-60% power to the wheels (as approximated by driving habits), I can tell the drive train is slipping alot.

Any ideas? Suggestions on what to check?

Thanks much appreciated..
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Old 12-18-2012, 01:13 AM   #2
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You need to get that axle pulled/swapped asap. Your car thinks it's slipping basically 100% of the time since that axle isn't there and so you're gonna stumble really hard and work your diffs like they're doing a WRC. My advice would be to try to pull/reseat the axle if you can, you're probably grinding the side of the teeth down but if you pull it you can file them (or use a screwdriver to straighten them) and be able to maybe drive it out but best advice would be to get a napa replacement and swap it on the spot.
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Old 12-18-2012, 11:52 AM   #3
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Cool that's where I plan on starting. Once the shaft is replaced I'm going to take all the wheels into a shop and have them rebalanced, see if they got bent or anything. Head up to Chet's Wheel Alignment to see if the impact knocked the alignment out of whack (would an alignment shop be able to tell if any of the frame or control arms were damaged or bent by doing an alignment?) Is there any way to test the rear diff for internal damage? I figure once the new shaft is on if it still has power issues it might be the differential. Anything else I'm missing?
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Old 12-18-2012, 08:29 PM   #4
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Sounds about right. If the shop has issues aligning it then I would start checking for bent parts but it's probably fine.
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Old 12-18-2012, 10:57 PM   #5
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Sounds about right. If the shop has issues aligning it then I would start checking for bent parts but it's probably fine.
Thanks man! I will update as work progresses.
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Old 12-28-2012, 01:01 PM   #6
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Swapped a new axle in. Runs smooth. Feels good. Wheel alignment and balancing pending...

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Old 12-28-2012, 02:04 PM   #7
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