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broken axles

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by gmcjimmy4x4, Nov 6, 2006.

  1. gmcjimmy4x4

    gmcjimmy4x4 1/2 ton status

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    I recently broke both front axles. All the drained out of the passenger side while parked on a slight incline. Maybe the axle slid out to far or do you think i need to replace the seals. They are not very old at all.
     
  2. 87BrnRsd

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    What piece exactly broke?
    -Harrison
     
  3. 1977k5

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    I would replace the shafts and see if it still leaks. The shafts being broken may be making the seals leak and they may still be in usable condition. Good luck!
     
  4. JEBSR

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    If the axle turned while binding on the seal then it is probrably junk. I personally would replace them now rather than putting it all back together to find it's leaking and needs to be torn down all over again.
     
  5. gmcjimmy4x4

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    how much hasssle is it to replace them.Ive never done them before. Had the hole axle rebuilt 6 mos ago.
     
  6. JEBSR

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    what type of axle assy is it?
     
  7. 87BrnRsd

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    Judging from his info, I guess its a 10 bolt. If so, its not really hard at all to replace.
    -Harrison
     
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    Every axle that I have seen which broke an inner axleshaft has also trashed the seals.
     
  9. gmcjimmy4x4

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    Both sides broke at the u-joint. how do you get to the seals and are they expensive?
     
  10. MattK

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    welcome to the club. :haha:

    you have to break the outers down to the knuckles, pull the shafts, then pull the carrier, then you can pop the seals out(cant remember if you use a long rod through the axle tube or if you can just go through the diff to remove/install.)

    less than $10 apiece
     
  11. gmcjimmy4x4

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    thanks for the info, hopefully weather pending ill be tearing into it really soon.
     

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