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Old 07-24-2011, 11:27 AM   #1
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Post I thought I heard a noise

So I thought I heard some unusual noises pulling out of the CG last time out…..
Ask the dealer to check and look what they found:
Dexter #3500 lbs axle
Curbside brake/hub assembly not attached to axle
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Old 07-24-2011, 11:29 AM   #2
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Dexter says they will warranty it... but if I want it before the next camping trip I will need to pay for air freight to get the parts here in time.
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Old 07-24-2011, 11:37 AM   #3
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Wow. Glad you had that checked out.
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Old 07-24-2011, 02:02 PM   #4
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NO kidding .. The warranty clerk said the wheel was held on by a cotter pin and wishful thinking for the last trip back
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Old 07-24-2011, 03:07 PM   #5
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when i changed my brakes this past winter, i had almost the same thing. all bolts were gone. one that apparently was the last hold out had been pulled around then pulled out and worn away.
did not have the damage to the drum and seal u did.
now i will check the bolts for tight at the beginning of each season.
the one did that on mine was the left rear. had had a flat on the left front 6 years prior. the vibration may have loosened something. or it may not have been torqued properly from the factory.
i have either 5 or 6 bolts. one of the bolt holes was oblonged and almost worn away. the others were ok. the rear plate was bent and the flange with the bolt holes on the axle was bent.
when my plate turned, it pulled the brake wire away from the rear axle. i had considerably less braking power.
they are easy to check, just pull up on each with a wrench (from the back...don't need to remove drum), they shouldn't move. never thought to make that part of my check because i have never had that happen before.
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Old 07-24-2011, 03:20 PM   #6
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I know nothing about it but it doesn't look good! What caused it?
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Old 07-24-2011, 07:19 PM   #7
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I know nothing about it but it doesn't look good! What caused it?
on picture #1 the back of the wheel that holds the brake assembly should be bolted to the flange part of the axle. the last picture shows the axle with the flange welded to it and the bolt holes..

the bolts came loose and fell out of that attachment. the first time the brakes grabbed, that part turned with the tire making the noise.

the bolts are inserted from the back (on mine). the nuts would have gotten loose and caused damage.

my guess is that the factory did not torque them when the brake assemblies were attached to the axle.
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Thanks for the explanation! I hope the repairs are completed in time for your trip. IMO, they should eat the cost of air freight.
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Jimh no nuts found --made me go hmmm .. - Karen hopefully they will pay for it , but I head out Friday so I am am not holding out though I will call in the AM.
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Jimh no nuts found --made me go hmmm .. - Karen hopefully they will pay for it , but I head out Friday so I am am not holding out though I will call in the AM.
makes me wonder if ur bolts were inserted from the inside and the nuts on the outside. that may explain why so much damage.
mine the nuts were on the inside and i didn't find any of them either. the only thing left was one bolt that had been pushed somewhat sideways and ground down so much i thought it was part of the bolt hole. (was hardly distinguishable from the hole. the rotation of the plate did that.

urs and mine are the only ones i have ever heard of doing that. someone in the business has probably seen it before though. that fine thread nut and bolt shouldn't do that.
mine happened in aug last year. sense i had pumped grease in there just before the trip, i thought i had gotten grease in the drum area.
when i got home was looking under there and notice the wire cut first. then found the back plate free.
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