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Old 01-18-2008, 08:03 AM
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axle slid out from the differential

driving my 59 home from a meeting this morning and bang all of a sudden no forward motion .driveshaft is spinning but nothing is moving in rear .tried to tow it home with my wife's truck and all of a sudden the axle slid out from the rear and the tire is rubbing the fender smoking so bad it looked like it was on fire.new bearings were installed in the rear before i put it in

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Old 01-18-2008, 08:16 AM
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Sounds like a broken axel/ c clip.

Shat kinda rear is in the car?
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the tire is rubbing the fender smoking so bad it looked like it was on fire.


Sounds like the axle broke a shaft ... OR ... the axle has come loose out of the carrier. The axle can come loose from the bearing and move outward.
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oh crap what happened?

that happens also when the spider gears go plunk .
then the c clips fall out and axles slide out .
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yeah def the axle is out as i can see the brake pads have to get to work now but i got a whole new posi rear with disc braakes wqaiting under my workbench .it's got the old style chevy rear looks like a 9" ford with the front loading ham
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No c-clips in that axel.

Worn axel shaft----bearing not holding on tight enough.
I would imagine that even a broken axel would not walk out of the housing
on these

Could be an axel broke----and some activity inside the housing may have
forced the broken axel from the bearing.

If I am not mistaken--(I had someone replace the bearings on mine) there is
a retainer ring on the inboard side of the bearing----that might have broken
as well.

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ok so the bearing is still in the rear and the axle is out . what is the right repair?
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ok so the bearing is still in the rear and the axle is out . what is the right repair?


These are FORD axle shafts but the principal is the same ... see the small iron ring ... behind the wheel bearing. I believe Chevys have this also. Maybe not ... been a long time since I pulled a early Chevy axle shaft out ( 25 plus years ) ...

I would find another axle shaft ... and have another new bearing installed. Remove the old bearing from the housing ... and any extra pieces and then install the replacement axle shaft.
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duece, with all due respect, you are showing ford axels.

your 59 chevy axel doesn't have C clips, the outer wheel bearings are pressed onto the axel and it is held in by the four nuts that retain the bearing
1-failure one mode (most likely) the axel is worn on the bearing and has slid out=replace axel and brearing.
2-the retainer has failed (almost impossible) replace retainer.
3- refer to 1 and 2, those cehvy rear ends are so simple they are easy to diagnose (i have one in my gasser)
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duece, with all due respect, you are showing ford axels.

your 59 chevy axel doesn't have C clips, the outer wheel bearings are pressed onto the axel and it is held in by the four nuts that retain the bearing
1-failure one mode (most likely) the axel is worn on the bearing and has slid out=replace axel and brearing.
2-the retainer has failed (almost impossible) replace retainer.
3- refer to 1 and 2, those cehvy rear ends are so simple they are easy to diagnose (i have one in my gasser)

If you read Deuce's post , he explains the photos are FORD axles and further explains the bearing on axle problem that may have lead to this fellows axle slide out of the differential.

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Also----The Chevy rear uses the same TYPE of bearing and retainer that is
depicted in the Ford Small Bearing pic.

With the addition of a bearing seal----O-Ring----around the circumferance
of the bearing itself.

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ok i found 2 new bearings and retainers at a napa warehouse . i've got the gaskets i need so i've decided to pull the pumpkin and guess what the retainer is laying in the bottom of the rear end housing .so i'll clean it all up and put it back tommorrow. thanks for the info. does anyone know where to buy new axles?
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ok i found 2 new bearings and retainers at a napa warehouse .
I have welded the small iron bearing retainer ring ... to the axle shaft ( after a new bearing was pressed on ) ... to keep the bearing on the shaft. We ran a dirt track car for a while with a 9 inch Ford ... so we welded the iron ring to help keep the axle from pulling out of the bearing.

The axle is useless ... for anymore repairs ... but it was better than having the axle and wheel come out of the car @ 100 MPH in the corner.



Ford shown ... but yours is basically the same
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Deuce,You got it. This is just like the Chevy and after pressing on the new bearing and retainer just a couple of tack welds would do.This would not ruin the axles as the tacks could be carefully ground off for later repairs.But if done properly with new bearings you would probably never have to change the bearings again anyway.
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