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SubSnake 09-18-2011 05:59 PM

Axle Damage?
 
I recently hit a small ditch going about 15 while driving through tall grass. Jeep took the impact rather well, but it scared the daylights out of me.

Now whenever I park, I notice one of my wheels are slightly off-center. I thought maybe it was just me, but others have pointed it out, too.

Do you think I've damaged something like the axle? Or do I just need to get my tires re-aligned?

Sway bar was disconnected when this happened.

Ageless Stranger 09-18-2011 06:19 PM

Of center how? Like not pointed straight or straight but not centered under the Jeep?

doclouie 09-18-2011 06:28 PM

Pictures would really help so we can give you some pointers.

Ageless Stranger 09-18-2011 06:41 PM

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Originally Posted by doclouie (Post 1581334)
Pictures would really help so we can give you some pointers.

Agreed. :thumb:

nick50471 09-18-2011 06:42 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by doclouie
pictures would really help so we can give you some pointers.

Quote:

Originally Posted by ageless stranger

agreed. :thumb:

x3

SubSnake 09-18-2011 06:49 PM

Sorry guys. I'll get some pictures up quick.

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Originally Posted by Ageless Stranger (Post 1581309)
Of center how? Like not pointed straight or straight but not centered under the Jeep?

One is straight and aligned with the Jeep. The other points outward a little.

Ageless Stranger 09-18-2011 06:53 PM

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Originally Posted by SubSnake (Post 1581392)
One is straight and aligned with the Jeep. The other points outward a little.

Sounds like you've bent something in your steering. (Drag link, tie rod.)

SubSnake 09-18-2011 07:16 PM

The sun is setting where I live so I'll have to update you all tomorrow on pictures. These are the best I could get here in Alabama.

I did my best to explain through the arrows.

http://i1116.photobucket.com/albums/...t/IMG_1375.jpg
http://i1116.photobucket.com/albums/...t/IMG_1372.jpg

These are both with contrast turned way up.

Ageless Stranger 09-18-2011 07:29 PM

I stand by post #7 until more info is available.

Mitchness 09-18-2011 08:57 PM

I don't see how you could bend a tie rod/draglink and have the wheels toe-out.

Hitting a bump/hole at speed can easily throw your alignment off. You may just need a simple alignment done. But does your steering feel screwy (i.e. steering wheel off center, pulling to one side or another, vibration, etc.)? Is there any obvious damage to the steering components or the hub/knuckle assembly? Bent wheel?


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