Originally Posted by Roy in TO
Sounds like it might be time for an axle replacement. I mention some things to look for in the first few posts of this thread: Replacing an Axle - leading arm to trailing arm
Try measuring the bottom of the frame to the ground at the same point near the axle on both sides and from top of tire to the top of the wheel well. Also check to make sure there is the same size and profile of tire on both sides.
Okay - third attempt responding as app kept crashing on my iPhone! :
This time I'm on my laptop - lesson learned!
Thanks Roy - excellent info there you provided, including the sub post.
Yes,I just had two new tires
installed (175/80 13 - trailer rated) as the old ones the PO had put on years ago were worn and passenger rated.
So, I measured from a point on one side of the axle to the ground at 6 5/16" on the curb side. Then I did the same measurement on the street side (with the tilt) and it was just shy of 6" so definitely a bit lower (even though my driveway is not completely level.
I tried to measure from top of tire to top of wheel well but it was tight getting my hands in there to make an accurate measurement.
I took some pictures, and I noticed something which could be the smoking gun here. Looks like the PO ran over a large boulder or curb or something which bent the middle of the axle upwards and (I'm guessing here) therefore pulled the street side down?
Here is the axle - hope you can make it out on this:
Here is a picture from the rear.. you could see the slight dip on the street side.
What I need to know is, aside from the minor asthetics..and some potential pre-mature tire wear... if the axle is the cause of all this.. IS IT SAFE?
The wife and kids are itching to get camping ASAP and some long road trips so even if we can leave it like this for a couple of years that's OK until we can get it replaced if it's safe.