Death Valley 2nd time, didn't turn out so well
Posted 15 April 2012 - 03:46 AM
The first picture is the rim after two nuts were removed. You can see how the others were falling into the hub
After we got home, I tore it apart and found these gems inside the hub.
Posted 15 April 2012 - 03:49 AM
The disc hat had these holes blown out by the pressure of the studs and nuts jamming inside the hub. Pure carnage.
Posted 15 April 2012 - 04:37 AM
2003 Ford Ranger FX4 Level II 2013 ATC Bobcat SE "And in the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years."- Abraham Lincoln
Posted 15 April 2012 - 05:27 AM
I had a front wheel bearing sieze at 50 MPH on a curvy road with steep drops to the ocean with my 2 kids in the vehicle. The bearing siezed stopping the wheel. Took out the hub and severely damaged the spindle. Luckily it happened on a straight stretch, luckily the wheel stayed on. Same as you, absolutely no warning.
Posted 15 April 2012 - 06:19 AM
Posted 15 April 2012 - 06:48 AM
I've done the 'tow the vehicle out of DV with the family scenario' too.
Hopefully the repair/tow was not too expensive. I always look back at these sort of things and see them in a fondly told remembrance later.
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Posted 15 April 2012 - 07:28 AM
Posted 15 April 2012 - 05:25 PM
I check lug nuts frequently now. You were pretty lucky. Not all towing companies will travel offroad.
Posted 15 April 2012 - 09:47 PM
I'll give you a lot of credit for keeping cool and even managing to have fun. If that happened to me I would get really stressed out.
Posted 16 April 2012 - 02:22 PM
I didn't notice it until the wheel had hammered the wheel studs enough to destroy the 1) wheel 2) hub body 3) spindle 4) brake rotor 5) 4x4 locking hub 6) outer axle shaft. Yep the whole outer assambly needed to be replaced.... OUCH!
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