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need to proove a point

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by mike lane lawn care, Jul 3, 2007.

  1. mike lane lawn care

    mike lane lawn care LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,707

    ok, so i need to proove a point to one of my friends. what do you guys think will happen to a midsize pickup truck with a front axle housing(front diff basicaly) that is cracked and leaking fluid out, after driving 3 hours at highway speed, then 3 hours back? also, the housing at the time of the trip departure would have only, 1/4 of the fluid in it that it is supposed to have.

    my guess is that about 3/4 of the way to the destination, the front end will seize up, prompting the driver to call a friend with lots of towing expirence and a car trailer to bring his little truck home.
  2. mcwlandscaping

    mcwlandscaping LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,164

    Are you that friend?
  3. Eric D

    Eric D LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 295

    Is this trip already done, or is this trip the plan? If the trip hasn't departed yet, and if repairs need to be done somewhere other then where the truck is, then why not at least clean the crack area and seal it before the trip? You could also remove the axle shafts to each of the front wheels keeping the diff from rotating, though this is a little harder to do.

    Best of luck!:drinkup:

    Eric D
  4. Petr51488

    Petr51488 LawnSite Silver Member
    from NJ
    Posts: 2,372

    Yea i think so. This kid is nothing but a door mat for his "friends" lol Sure, drive it, tell your friend to risk his life, and others on the road just to "prove a point"
  5. mike lane lawn care

    mike lane lawn care LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,707

    the trip is half done, said driver made it to his destination intact, however, the front end of the truck in question is grinding real bad, and has no more fluid. the front diff can't be sealed, it needs to be replaced, there is currently only one bolt holding the covers onto the diff. The result will probably be the the truck needs to be towed home, especialy after today where it will be in 4wd out on the beach. however, with traffic from the fourth, it turns a 6 hour round trip into a 9 or 10 hour trip. but we'll see what the driver decides to do. of course i'll go out and get him, but i would really rather not, cause even the one way trip in the kind of traffic they have, with a 22 fot tandem axle car trailer would wear me out real quick.
  6. lwcmattlifter

    lwcmattlifter LawnSite Senior Member
    from NC
    Posts: 859

    How did he lose all but one of the bolts to the diff cover? Get some bolts in the cover, clean off the crack with brake cleaner and fill it with epoxy. Try to over fill the diff with fluid and drive it home. What type of truck is this?

    What is a midsize truck? I did not realize there was such a thing.
  7. mike lane lawn care

    mike lane lawn care LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,707

    he did some very bad damage bottoming out on a rock while off roading, he tried to keep up with me, but he just didn't have the clearance. he drives a GMC canyon 4 cylinder. the covers can't be repaired, they are cracked almost in two, and the flange type thing that it bolts to is bent out of shape and none of the holes match up. he's gonna limp it home, possibly removing the front CV axles, but the best bet is to have me go and get him, he's spending the night where he is, he's picking up his fiance, she's on vacation with her family, and isn't having as much fun as she had hoped so she's comming home a week early. he'll let me know tonight whether he can drive home or not. if he can't, then ill head out at about 2 am, hopefully get to him by 6am, with the traffic from parties and the weather it'll take a while longer than usual, and get back home by like 10 or 11, so at least the entire work day isn't shot.
  8. muddstopper

    muddstopper LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,342

    Interesting how he might of already done all this damage. I dont know how the gmc canyon front axle is assembled, but most all the newer gm products have an electric selnoid that engages the front axle to the differencial in four wheel drive. If the axel isnot engaged, the differential shouldnt be turning, only the axles, since the outer axles are seperately oiled/greased from the differencial, (independant suspension), the axles shouldnt be hurt. The centersection is probably already toast so I would just drive it home. Might possibly remove the front drive shaft.
  9. mike lane lawn care

    mike lane lawn care LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,707

    on this one, and on mine, the axle is constantly turning, which means that the differential is turning, hence the grinding.
  10. SiteSolutions

    SiteSolutions LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,114

    He drove it around on the beach like this? In 4WD?

    I sometimes wish I had more friends; this post makes me glad I'm too busy for much of a social life.

    Sounds like you need to remove the loose nut from behind the steering wheel.

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