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Old 02-16-2014, 11:13 PM   #1
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My Wheel Fell off tonight!

I was pulling out of a red light and heard a loud bang. I thought the driveshaft u-joint broke again. That looked good so I went to push it back down the hill into the parking lot. (I was in the right turning lane.) I didn't have much luck getting it to roll fast enough to go back down the hill and a car pulled up behind me by this time. I thought maybe the transfer case popped into neutral. It wouldn't move in 2wd so I put it in 4wd and thought I would go a half mile down the road to the gas station. I drove slow with the 4 way flashers on and thought, "I hope that axle isn't coming out." because it started to get a good wobble. The axle fell out, the jeep rear right rear corner went way down and that was it. The axle looks to have broke where the square groove is cut into the splined area the slides into the side gear. I'm guessing the splined part is still in the side gear.

The rear end was fully rebuilt in January 2010 and both axle shafts were replaced. The passenger side axle that broke was made by Crown and is part # CRN 5252956. The driver side axle that didn't break is part # SPC 73624-2x and is a Dana/Spicer axle. I don't know why the shop put in a crown axle.

I had it towed a couple miles and accidently left the transfer case in 4wd and only the front two tires were on the road. Opps, I guess I should of put the transfer case in Nuetral, but I was kind of shook up by all of this.

In hind sight, I should of put it in 4wd and backed it down the hill into the parking lot. I probably messed up my wheel bearing now because I think I saw gouges in the axle shaft.

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Old 02-16-2014, 11:38 PM   #2
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Forgot to say my vehicle is a 1991 Jeep Wrangler Renegade. I would stay away from Crown axles from now on lol. Tires are 31" BF Goodrich Mud Terrains put on brand new November of 2012. Ax15 5 speed manual transmission. Gearing is stock 3.55 gear ratio with factory trac-lok limited slip rear differential. I do all road driving because it is a daily driver. I have been using 4wd low "4L" to get out of get of out spots were I would spin. You have to be very easy in 4L and I have had it grab hard and lunge forward hard here and there. I'm sure that isn't easy on the axle shaft.

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Old 02-17-2014, 06:23 PM   #3
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I got a used Dana/Spicer axle about 3/4 of a mile up the road from my house, at a Vintage Jeep dealer. It looks to be in great shape, and heck for $95. Every place else had to order it and it would take 2-4 days. This is my daily driver. The spines on the Crown Automotive axle are really twisted beside where the axle broke. I'll walk up tomorrow morning and put the oil back in it. RTV wasn't drying fast at all in this dry, winter air, and it's 23 degrees F. here now.
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Old 02-18-2014, 12:06 AM   #4
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Old 02-18-2014, 06:08 AM   #5
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K for a moment I thought you might have had a "spacer" issues, Ive seen images via tumblr where one of my follower's jeep lost a rear wheel due to incorrect mounting of the spacer. Whom ever did the spacers (she claims she didn't mount them) nearly striped the lugs attempting to get the spacer installed. The wheel simply rolled off her jeep. She wasnt traveling very far or fast.. (turning into a parking lot)
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Old 02-18-2014, 06:17 AM   #6
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Ouch! Hope the new/used axle works out and glad no one was hurt.
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Old 02-19-2014, 01:43 AM   #7
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Thanks, everyone was alright, no one was hurt. I rolled the wheel, brake drum, and axle assembly out of the left lane quick before anyone hit it. Luckily, it rolled kind of off to the edge of the road, up against the plowed-snow bank where it wasn't really in the way. I put some new gear oil in and it seems to be driving great. The wheel bearing looked to be unscratched and felt good so I left that in. I did put a new Timkin axle seal in, the old one got damaged from the axle coming out. Actually, I damaged the first replacement axle seal during installation and had to go back for a second seal. The second try was a charm, and doesn't appear to be leaking.

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