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Old 10-24-2011, 07:46 PM
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Driveline on the side of the highway....need Help!

I was driving to work a week ago Monday and my truck decided it was done. The front driveshaft u joint broke taking the transfer case, fuel lines, and brake lines with it. What do I do? According to the Ford dealer since the truck has 90k miles they can not help me with the problem. I was quoted $8500 by the dealer to fix the truck. Is this normal? Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 10-28-2011, 03:14 PM
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That must have been a scary ride!!!
Who services the truck or do you???
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Did you have your hubs manually locked in?
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Did you have your hubs manually locked in?
Ill second that, If your hubs are the ford auto lockers, maybe they failed causing it to lock in, spinning your front DS, and finally had enough spinning at 80 mph or whatever to give out...The front DS shouldnt be spinning unless the hubs failed causing it to lock atleast one wheel in. But if they both failed you would have felt the tire scrub while turning.....hmmm, food for thought. My best guess for you is to hit the junkyard, you can fix that stuff for way less than 8500. Just shop around

Sorry for the loss!
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Old 10-29-2011, 08:06 AM
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ouch hope you can get it fixed for cheaper then that
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Did it make any weird noises when going down the road?
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Man I hate to see that...

Did you get it fixed?
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I would like to know what else happened!!!
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I was driving to work a week ago Monday and my truck decided it was done. The front driveshaft u joint broke taking the transfer case, fuel lines, and brake lines with it. What do I do? According to the Ford dealer since the truck has 90k miles they can not help me with the problem. I was quoted $8500 by the dealer to fix the truck. Is this normal? Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Without amplifing information as to how it went south, My thought is the U-Joint broke due to age and the front end driving it. Just got tired.

I have the auto hubs on my rig as well and had them stay locked in for days. IMHO not a very good or relaible system. I do notice the fuel mileage go way down with the front end draging a hub or staying locked in.

My U-joints are greasable and get greases on a regular basis. I can't remember if my 05 350 had serviceable joints I am thinking not.

Sorry to hear of your problem, check with parts houses and yards for parts to save a little on the price if you do it yourself. Ford will warrentee their work for what it is worth.

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Old 02-09-2012, 05:02 AM
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Ill second that, If your hubs are the ford auto lockers, maybe they failed causing it to lock in, spinning your front DS, and finally had enough spinning at 80 mph or whatever to give out...The front DS shouldnt be spinning unless the hubs failed causing it to lock atleast one wheel in. But if they both failed you would have felt the tire scrub while turning.....hmmm, food for thought. My best guess for you is to hit the junkyard, you can fix that stuff for way less than 8500. Just shop around

Sorry for the loss!
U-Joint shouldn't fail just because the front end is turning, I have left my trucks "locked in" for the winter without issue. I have had jionts fail due to age, abuse and lack of service. If you drive your rig every day you should notice a change if something is going south, a different noise, vibration, feel. This should trigger a "What is that" response and start looking to find the issue before it goes ballistic.

As to the $8500.00 bill, more than half of that is labor my bet.
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