Rear axle snapped

Discussion in 'Chevy Silverado Forum (GMC Sierra)' started by kwp2014, Jan 9, 2014.

  1. kwp2014

    kwp2014 New Member

    A couple nights ago my 1992 Chevy 3/4 ton silverado got stuck in a decent sized ice shelf at the approach of my drive-way, after a couple hours of trying to shimmy it out, I noticed the passenger side rear wheel had stopped spinning. I figured it had something to do with the rear wheel differential and didn't think much of it, so I went back inside to warm up and evaluate my options. I came back outside and tried to shimmy it out one more time by putting it in reverse, then drive, then reverse and just repeating that until I noticed the rear passenger side wheel had fallen off! Split right at the axle seal! I had it towed to a mechanic and he said it would be around $2,000, does that seem about right?

    The weird part is that there was no clunking or grinding prior to the axle breaking.

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  2. RayVoy

    RayVoy Epic Member 5+ Years 5000 Posts

    If the end broke off the axle, a used axle shaft at a junkyard would be less than $100.

    You probably have some damage to the rear brake on that wheel. That shouldn't be any more than $200.

    If the axle housing is ok, $2,000 is high, if the housing is damaged and you need a complete rear axle assembly, may not be too bad a price.

    But, look at it this way, better to have come off in the drivewat than at 75 mph on the highway.
  3. kwp2014

    kwp2014 New Member

    Those were my thoughts too! Could have been a lot worse.

    Thanks very much RayVoy for that helpful information :)
  4. j cat

    j cat Epic Member 5+ Years 1000 Posts

    since it broke in the driveway I see no problem using a scrap yard axle and replace the axle bearings/seals.

    I had an axle replaced it got bent in a small accident vehicle hit my driver side rear wheel.

    I bet the brakes are ok.

    a relative had this happen on a pontiac doing 60 mph...
  5. TRPLXL2

    TRPLXL2 Epic Member 5+ Years 1000 Posts

    I had some new 31 spline axles made from Moser last year, $187.00 each and they were brand new. They make them per order, so they are custom made to your order. Just an idea.

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