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Unread 11-11-2007, 08:19 AM   #1
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Right rear wheel got hit- what to check for damage

My Jeep got hit on the right rear wheel last wedensday. An 82 year old man merging in to my lane from the right failed to notice the yield sign or my 4000 lb vehicle. It wasn't too hard a hit- I didn't spin out, but the wheel was destroyed and the tire went flat instantly. It looked like the axle might have been driven sideways.

Aside from control arm mounts and the trackbar mounts, what are some (perhaps hidden) things I should have checked out? Could the internals of the differential be damaged, for example? Wheel bearings?

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Unread 11-11-2007, 08:24 AM   #2
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My Jeep got hit on the right rear wheel last wedensday. An 82 year old man merging in to my lane from the right failed to notice the yield sign or my 4000 lb vehicle. It wasn't too hard a hit- I didn't spin out, but the wheel was destroyed and the tire went flat instantly. It looked like the axle might have been driven sideways.

Aside from control arm mounts and the trackbar mounts, what are some (perhaps hidden) things I should have checked out? Could the internals of the differential be damaged, for example? Wheel bearings?
If you have the 35, it's possible the crosspin could have taken a hit in the diff and bent slightly. Won't hurt much until you need to remove an axle and can't get the pin out.

If it was a 44, the bearings pressed onto the shaft up against a shoulder. The preload is built in so you would know if there was an issue pretty fast as the bearing would fail.

Other than that, you need to make sure the axle is still centered.
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My 98 was hit like that and the upper control arm mount was nearly ripped off and the control arms (stock) were slightly mangled.
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My 98 was hit like that and the upper control arm mount was nearly ripped off and the control arms (stock) were slightly mangled.
Did you have it fixed?
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Unread 11-20-2007, 07:36 AM   #5
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well, I was pretty lucky I guess. The guy managed to hit just my wheel- no damage to the body on either side of the wheel opening. I expected the axle trackbar mount to be tweaked, but it's fine.



Part of me was hoping the damage was more extensive so I could use it as an excuse to install the long arm kit I was trying to sell at the time. I had painted my steelies to match the body, but I'm out of that paint, so instead I'm thinking about painting a big bullseye on the replacement cragar soft 8 his insurance company is buying me
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Unread 11-20-2007, 11:57 AM   #6
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Better make sure the axle tube isn't bent, too.
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