Jeep + Snow + Curb = A lot of problems!
Jeff got a hold of us in the Facebook Jeep groups with a HUGE estimate from the Jeep dealer … over $5000. It was a pretty big list but no where near that much money was needed, we were able to complete the repairs for just under $1500 (including parts).
The dealership wanted $600 for a single replacement axle? How about $250 for a pair of crumbly Dana 44 shafts. And the fun didn’t stop there. When we were replacing the axles we did a quick fluid change and found out that the differential had exploded.
What all needed done?
- Bent Axle
- Brakes on all four corners
- New front driveshaft
- Replace a disintegrated front axle u-joint
- Replace the Trac Loc Differential in his rear Dana 44 due to the spiders exploding
So we started by tossing a dial indicator onto Jeff’s rear axle to check the runout on the flange. Out of round by .050 (if you don’t know thats a LOT). So out came the rear axles and into the scrap heap they went, and in went a shiny new set of Alloy USA Chromoly Shafts From Randy’s Worldwide. A few minutes to set the new bearings and then we installed a nice new set of new brake pads and rotors.
Inspection quickly showed a destroyed CV joint on his front driveshaft. $75 on Craigslist and 10 minutes. Check that off the list.
Last part onto the font axle shaft. The U-joint was more rust and dirt than metal, and there was no grease to be found. I honestly can’t imagine how it didn’t detonate. A few minutes with the shop press and a few turns of the wrench… good as new.
Just goes to show you how much damage a simple smack into a curb can cause.