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More steering carnage!

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by koldsimer, Nov 1, 2005.

  1. koldsimer

    koldsimer 1/2 ton status GMOTM Winner

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    Well after snapping the sector shaft on my blazer a couple of weeks back, I told myself that I would take it easy with the wheel until I can get get Hydro-assist. Um, yeah. To make a long story short, I broke one ear off the box, stripped the threads out of another hole, sheared a bolt off in the gear and for the remaining bolt.... it pulled through the sleave and was barely keeping the box on the truck. I was in a deep mud rut with the tires turned all the way right. I was trying to hop it out of the hole when I heard two snaps that didn't sound good. I began backing it out of the hole and noticed that as I turned my steering wheel it had no effect on the tires?! I guess that even after red locktighting all bolts when I installed this box, a couple somehow wiggled loose and allowed enough play to ruin my night. I have had the bolts loosen up before and it was noticeable. No forewarning this time... crack, snap! Nothing like laying in a mud puddle at 3am wondering if you are gonna get your truck home.

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    :eek1: hydro assist time
     
  3. koldsimer

    koldsimer 1/2 ton status GMOTM Winner

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    couple of better pics...

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    Why are you so good a breaking PS boxes?
     
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    koldsimer 1/2 ton status GMOTM Winner

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    LOL... I dunno man. I'm pretty easy on the old truck.
     
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    koldsimer 1/2 ton status GMOTM Winner

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    What am I going to tell O'Reilly's this time.... :confused:
     
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    Could have been a casting defect, tell them it happened on the road:dunno: and your lucky to be alive.
     
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    Hell yah chew their asses out. Demand compensation for almost dying and a new box lol.
     
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    koldsimer 1/2 ton status GMOTM Winner

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    Excellent suggestion! I just talked to the manager there and she said my new box will be there in an hour and a half. I can't believe they are replacing it again... they all know me and my truck fairly well! O'Reilly's may be getting more and more of my business in the future.
     
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    Very cool!
     
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    Mabey the leak it had, caused the metal to fatigue. Or mabey the metal fatigue caused the leak.

    Oh, one more thing, you're an idiot.... :doah: :doah: :doah: :D :D :eek1: :p:
    J/K you break your truck more than I drive mine.
    Ya shoulda called me, I would have come and laughed at....I mean come and helped you.
     
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    You keep missing the [/quote] at the end
     
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    at the end[/QUOTE]

    I don't know how to work my computer. Everyone here knows that. I hope you get stuck. :D
     
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    No you don't
     
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    You can still break a sector shaft, even with assist :doah:

    It's cool you can still get replacement boxes even with the shaft broken. Are they charging you for the core?

    When mine broke, I could see where it had been fractured previously, but it had to have been very small. With the right load on it, in the right direction, and BANG, it was over. Mine was damn near 30 years old, and I would think they don't replace the shafts when they rebuild boxes unless there's obvious damage to it.

    Always carry a spare box ;) , it saved me and the other Amigos from a long ars night.
     
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    Hopefully, hydro assist will help with my steering problems. Luckily, O'reilly's swapped out yet my third steering box with no core charge again. I didn't even try to lie to them... told them it busted while I was wheeling due to loose bolts more than likely. I'm old enough to know better, but I had no tools, flashlight or cell phone when I busted in the wee hours. Good thing I just picked up that 2wd parts blazer... it's steering box saved the day!
     

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