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Unread 11-03-2013, 04:43 PM   #1
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Bad axle shaft?

While cleaning the axle shafts on the 8.8 I'm rebuilding, I came across what looks to be excessive wear on the drivers side rear axle shaft where the shaft bearing rides. I've already replaced the seals and outer bearings with Timken's. I'm guessing at least this one shaft is going to need to be replaced though. Can anyone confirm?

Drivers side rear

passenger side rear

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Unread 11-04-2013, 06:14 AM   #2
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Looks like junk.
Very common on both Ford and Chevy's. In an attempt to lower manafacturing costs, some sharpie came up with the great idea of using the axle for the inner bearing surface.
They used to make an "axle saver" bearing that spaced the rollers out off the worn surface. This may be a cheap alternative to get another 50K or so out of the existing shaft.
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Unread 11-04-2013, 06:32 AM   #3
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Use a repair bearing.

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