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Old 05-21-2012, 04:33 PM

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Rear axle internals exploded!!!! Question???

Hey so I drove 5 hours from home to fix an aircraft for the company I work for on Thursday last week. Right when I got there my rear axle internals exploded(30 miles out), its a complete remove and replace at this point(internals that is). So a rented a car to come back.
My company was nice enough for me to fly co-pilot to the location of my broke down truck to fix and drive it back......
I cant fix it out there of heres my question!
Can I unhook the rear driveshaft, put it in four wheel drive, lock the hubs, and ''limp'' it home? When theres no torque to my rear axle, it seemed to be noise free and theres no vibration. So if I put it in 4x4 without a rear driveshaft would I be ok to drive slowly home?
I need a answer ASAP, I'm flying out tomorrow(05/22/12)!!!

ASAP ASAP ASAP, Thanks you guys!!

BTW, its a Sterling 10.5, 3.73 gears. A maybe an open diff.??
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Old 05-21-2012, 11:03 PM
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With the drive shaft out the axle will still turn with the tires. You could potentially have something lock up while going down the road and loose control. If you pull the axle shafts out it would prevent that, but I still wouldn't recommend it.
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Old 05-22-2012, 05:50 AM
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You could pull the axles make bolt on covers for the axle ends drain the oil out of the rear end clean all the metal out of it to avoid ruining bearings on the drive home refill the rear end pull the drive shaft then limp it home

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Old 05-29-2012, 07:09 AM
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this happened to me on sunday. just left myrtle beach pulling a 38' 5er about 400 miles from home. pulled the rear drive shaft put it in 4 hi and headed home. it clanked real loud and i took it easy until the noise stopped at that point i knew all the teeth were broke off and took off. drove interstate speeds all the way home, i hated to do it but you gotta do what you gotta do. i bet i was about the only person in the country pulling a 12,000 camper with a front wheel drive
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