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Posted: 11/04/19 10:54am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Bent my axle on a right turn. Cost me $1200 to get it fixed. Was evacuating from the Sonoma County fires, and clipped a curb in a narrow access road. Got great service from "Jay and Bill's Tire" in Petaluma.

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Posted: 11/04/19 11:42am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Bent axle OR bent spindle?

How fast where you going? (personally --evacuating I would have been hauling butt)

That wheel is really out of whack!


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Old-Biscuit wrote:

Bent axle OR bent spindle?

Axle according to the mechanic.

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How fast where you going? (personally --evacuating I would have been hauling butt)


I was going slow - perhaps 5mph. I felt a jolt. At the time, there was no urgency, just lots of confusion and I got distracted. We were navigating around the perimeter of a fairgrounds, and I was more concerned about all the other people and not getting down a street that I could not turn around on.

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That wheel is really out of whack!

I looked at it once we were settled. It did not look like the photo. Once the evacuation orders were lifted, we left and another driver pulled up next to me and said, "your wheel is coming off". It wasn't, but I pulled over within a 1/4 mile and saw the damage. The tire place I found was only another 1/2 mile. Turns out it was highly recommended.

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At least you caught it before ruining a tire!


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I think the really sad thing is the axle bent especially at such a slow speed. As said good thing that you caught it before having to add the cost of a new tire to the repair bill.


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ScottG wrote:

At least you caught it before ruining a tire!

The tire and wheel were damaged, and had to be replaced.

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You can bend an axle by merely jacking them up at the wrong place. They are made from tubing that is barely adequate under ideal conditions.





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Lynnmor wrote:

You can bend an axle by merely jacking them up at the wrong place. They are made from tubing that is barely adequate under ideal conditions.

Agreed. I plan to go back to the "scene" to try to see how the damage was done. I am pretty sure the front tire/wheel/axle slipped over the curb. My only confusion is about what was going on with the read tire and axle.

It is a little weird for me. I am not in favor of breaking my stuff and paying to get it fixed, but to be honest, each time I've repaired my trailer I feel like I better understand its construction. And that is a good thing.

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I wonder if you hit something with the axle itself at the same time.


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Chris Bryant wrote:

I wonder if you hit something with the axle itself at the same time.

Perhaps. Look at the photo. The tire/wheel is bent out, not back. I find it difficult to understand how this happened.

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