Chrysler 2008 rear axle failure at speed
Our van has twice had the rear axle brace that fastened the right wheel to
the body just snap at low speeds.The last was 3 days ago 600 miles from
home the wheel started flopping and whopping ,almost overturned us,lucky
we were going only 40 MPH at the time. the new break was about 4 inches
from the first one that happened 6 months ago . The first time we got a
speciality welding shop to carefully repair and sand it so you could not see
it after repair.. Well ,we got 2 vice grips out and clamped it together with a
flat piece of metal ,we carefully drove at 10 MPH to a little country welding
shop my relatives suggested . They put a 16 inch piece of small angle all
along the area ,welded it good,waved us away at no charge ,and we went
on with our trip ,900 miles later ,we are safe home....Chrysler won't talk at
all about it. My question is ,should we just replace the axle and risk having
it all happen again ,or should we just beef up both axle arms that hold the
back wheels to the body of the vehicle?
You should just replace the vehicle- ridiculous-
This has got to be happening to others out there .we bought it Brand new in 2008,on chrysler mini-van's past reputation that "You about can't kill them"...Now it's trying to kill us ,it seems like .It took us 5 years of payments to pay it off, and wouldn't care to pass it off to an unsuspecting buyer ....
the Axle breaks happened at the fist sized cutout on the brace that fastens the axle to the body ...After 2009 Crysler eliminated this cutout on the mini vans that may have saved them a lb.of steel at most...This also happened to a 2009 model mini van in this area,exactly the same crazy break .We ended up welding steel plates on both sides of ours , as did the 2009 owner.......
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