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Old 05-27-2014, 02:10 PM
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binding axle shaft after install

OK so I just installed Timken hubs and TEN axle shafts. Install went well, thanks to having the resources here and Stu's sight.

After the install went for a ride, all was well until I turned the wheels sharp to the left. I noticed a very loud screech and the jeep would lurch like it was in 4 wheel and dry pavement while making the turn.
Got home and began looking for anything obvious and I was able to see the axle shaft was binding at the ear or "mountain" of the long shaft against the "valley" of the short shaft on the passenger side. (hopefully my analogy helps to describe) The driver side is not binding anywhere and the wheel turns nice and smooth.
The passenger side has marks where it is making contact.
When the wheels are straight the pass wheel rolls very smooth....

I added a washer to the tire stop, thinking that might help but it had no effect. Still making contact on the ears once a revolution.

Any ideas as I am at a loss... I am waiting on a call back from the vendor after sending pics.

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Are you missing a u-joint cap on that side? The inner and outer halves of the axle shaft (joined at the u-joint) should never get close enough for the ears to bind in the way you describe. Missing a cap or two would give the ears about 1/8" - 3/16" of movement to bind in.

Failing that, TEN may have sent you a bad/wrong shaft. Did you get full assemblies or just the inner shafts? With the wheels straight, measure the gap between the closest part of the ear to the opposing yolk on each side (4 measurements per side) and see if they match.

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Old 05-27-2014, 08:59 PM
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***update***

I heard back from the vendor and they had me drive over. After their inspection the side in question was just a touch to long and they pulled the shaft and "adjusted" the fit. All at no charge, good folks, for sure!
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