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2010 cracked rear axle remedy?

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Hi all,

Well, was servicing my 2010 the other day and when I greased the rear axle grease was coming out where it ain't suppose to....:tango_face_surprise

I don't know what it takes to replace but I'm really not going to pull the tranny apart to do it. SOOO, I ordered two locking collars from McMaster-Carr, (if they don't have it you probably don't need it, great company!) and you can see in my pics the crack and the collars in place.

Guess my question is do you think it will hold or am I just whistling Dixie til it breaks? The hardest job it does is pull a VERY heavy roller, probably over 800 lbs estimated. MY JD's with the hydros DO NOT like to pull it, need a geared tractor to do the job. I have a line on a geared 7112 with hi lo and thought it may be an upgrade if you guys think think the collar thing ain't gonna work.

Opinions appreciated and thanks!


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drill a hole "1/8" at each end of the crack as deep as the crack, grind a "V" in the crack not too deep. Then weld it and put your sleeve or whatever you choose over it. :tango_face_smile_bi
Hi Mopar,

Well, I thought about that and even just stop drill the crack without welding. My gut feeling was that with all the grease that's in that axle tube it would be a big problem trying to weld it. I do have a small wire welder which might do it but the idea of the crack getting contamination from the grease stopped me on that one.
Wipe it down with alcohol or Acetone, do not use brake clean! (brake clean when heated and burnt will kill you) Let it run in the cracks. Grind it wipe it again with alcohol and weld on the highest setting you have.

I'm not sure what you have for a welder but if it's anything like my little Campbell Hausfield it may do the trick. I personally have a miller 210 mig that will weld anything.

Here's the thing, it is tempered steel. You need to "spot weld it" HOT for 2 seconds and burn that weld in, then let it cool for 5 mins. If you over heat it it will lose the "temperment" then it will bend and warp under pressure. :tango_face_crying:

just trying to help man! :tango_face_smile_bi
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