Friday, June 13, 2008

The Slipped Axle

While overnighting at the Saskatoon, SK Flying J, my next lane neighbor pulled in with a unique problem. Pulling a huge 3 axle 5th wheel he had a flat tire on the right rear and the left rear was badly worn where the steel belts were exposed.

Turned out his axle slipped on the springs, so it was tracking diagonally and thus the wear. He had another 5 hours to go and he was told to put the spare on and try to make it. He said he couldn't understand why he couldn't build up much speed as his engine was heating up.

As a few of us watched the poor guy remove the spare from the bottom of the trailer, I suggested he just remove both tires and drive on the two remaining good axles, thinking the twisted hubs would not drag. I told him I was no expert but I did stay at a Flying J last night. Everyone thought it was a great idea, but he did continue to change the flat and I drove a few blocks to my dealer and unhooked without incident.

After all, it was Friday the 13th and I wasn't superstitious, just thankful.

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