Originally Posted by Vacant Stare
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.