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Old 02-23-2016, 09:13 PM
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I literally just got hit on my way home from work. Fortunately everyone's okay. Guy pulled into me from a side street while I was going 45.

He drove into my passenger rear wheel. Body damage is near non existent (at least for my truck). Wheel is cracked and tire is marred up good. Now comes my questions...

I do tow a large travel trailer with this truck. I max out rated towing capacity. I'm not too familiar with internal axle components and what gets tweeked when hit in this area.

How bad can the axle be?
What would you require of a collision shop if this happened to your truck?
Do I only need a new axle shaft?
Am I out of place if I insist on a new axle?







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Entire new axel assembly is desirable: A new shaft won't fix a tweaked axle tube.

Second item. . .
The control arms that hold the axle assembly in its proper place are most likely bent and shifted out of proper alignment.

If the rear axle doesn't track the front axle perfectly after the repairs are made, you will have a noticeably squirrelly handling truck. Tire wear would be accelerated too.

The body-shop manual for your truck has all the tolerances & measurements that the shop needs to un-tweak your vehicle so it rides properly after the repair.
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Will do. Trusting the dealer with this one. Sorry Allstate, not using Service King...
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Even after the repairs are done by your dealer, a body shop or automotive repair facility that is equipped with an alignment-rack (and a tech that knows how to use it) can see if your truck is tracking properly.
It's a simple operation to run a check.
Most shops can give you a print-out of the test results, (in case you want to return to the dealer with an alignment issue).

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From what I can see in your first post it's my assumption that damage will be minor.
This is not a complex repair.

Update us on how it turns out.
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Went to the dealer and they told me the rear end was out of alignment. I went over to sales and with all the rebates (plus my employee pricing) it was hard for me to walk away. I traded in the 2009 for a 2016 outdoorsman.

No need to worry about anything now.
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Went to the dealer and they told me the rear end was out of alignment. I went over to sales and with all the rebates (plus my employee pricing) it was hard for me to walk away. I traded in the 2009 for a 2016 outdoorsman.

No need to worry about anything now.
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