Working on Vehicles after a 20 year Hiatus

Lost Rear Axle due to a misinterpretation of Noise

In Late December I started to hear a noise from the back of my 2004 Chevy S-10 4 x 4 Crew Cab that sounded like a rear Brake had either locked up or had gone down to metal so in the process of having to drive it till i wound up getting the funds together to replace the Brakes on the back of the Truck the noise got worse and then while driving home from Beckley West Virginia I was Traveling the interstate at 70 Miles an hour and then i heard a Blow out on the rear of the Truck on the passenger side it was a wild little bit of a ride but i got it off to the side of the road and got out to look at it and i had no tire i had no rotor the entire top half of the rear rotor had sheared off as welll as the Axle had snapped I had lost the tire and Axle approximately 100 yard to the rear of where I had come to a stop and the photograph shows all. So proceeding the next day i went to a salvage yard and got another Rear to which I made another mistake I did not really look at it and in retrospect i should have kicked myself in the rear end for taking it due to the fact that i have had to spend the money to rebuild this rear from the ground up and it has now cost me 1100.00 and i have just now found all the parts to finish the job which has taken me from January till now to get the parts so that i can finally replace this thing. This has been an experience I will never forget. if anyone has an S-10 and needs rear Advice hit me up and i will help with what knowledge i have found in working on this S-10 as well as keeping the story going till i get it done

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Robert Emerson
Robert Emerson

here we go after getting all of this done we now come up to working with the Exhaust to which i finished last night and it looks pretty good so not the only thins i have left on the truck is to mount the new Shocks and then re mount the Diff Cover with the proper gasket Advanced Auto gave me the gasket for a 8.5" Ring Gear and I have a 7.5" which to my surprise . I have to Torque the Axle mounting U bolts to the Springs and then all that is left is for me to Fill the Diffrential and Bleed the Brakes and Mount the Passenger Side Tire and put it on the Ground to which this will be the best as I will have my truck back on the road I will post a photo as soon as i get it done

Robert Emerson
Robert Emerson
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Part Three The Continuing Saga

Robert Emerson
Robert Emerson

part Two: After Taking me this amount of time to rebuild this rear i finally got it under the Truck and bolted up however there were problems which always show up . first in this list is that the Axle U Bolts which I had ordered from Stengel Brothers out of White hall Pennsylvania they sent me the correct size and shape however they were just a hair off from fitting into the shock mounting plates that go under the Leaf Springs on the Truck I do not have a Torch so after about an hours worth of thinking i came up with the idea of finding an exhaust Clamp that would fit it around the top threads where it would not mess with the mounting . So after a bit of Experimenting I got it to work Oh by the way i used a 2 1/2" Exhaust Clamp. after using this method i was able to squeeze the Axle U Bolts to fit into the mounting Holes of the Shock mounts and get them bolted up and here is the results now all that is left to do is to remove the axle that is in the rear and remove and replace a piece that I put in the wrong way and them to start rebuilding and installing the Disc Brake Dust Shield and the Parking brake Bracket once that is done I can reinstall the Axles and then install the gasket on the Differential cover and Bolt it in and then mount the brake line assembly to the rear cover and then do the parking brake system rebuild and then the disc Brake Rebuild and then after bleeding the Brake system we should be done.

ScottyKilmer
ScottyKilmer

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thanks for sharing

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