Spindle and welding question

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  1. Truckercali19

    Truckercali19 Bobtail Member

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    Hi all
    Today while driving from UT to NV and ultimately to CA, I inspected my box truck and saw oil coming from one of my tires took it to the shop and it turns out
    "Needs a new spindle and a new hub with bearings with wheel seal and needs brakes due to being oil soaked"
    This ain't cheap that's for daRn sure but if I get it welded and assuming normal driving conditions, is this a good fix or a putting a band aid on a large gash? Need advice badly before I shell out near 4k on a welding job
    Mack Box Truck 2013
     
  2. Goodysnap

    Goodysnap Heavy Load Member

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    Axle tube weld repair of drive and trailer spindles in chassis is common practice as long as the the person is a qualified axle repairer. Obviously replacement with new would be the best repair but is always more expensive with more down time.

    I have not seen or would recommend steer axle spindle welding. Too easy to just replace the part with new and they are not terrible expensive.

    Pricing for this service will vary by location as it is a mobile service depending on how far they must travel to get to the repairing location. Plus it is normal practice for the shop to mark up the the charge for service before it reaches the end user.
     
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  3. High Seas

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    4K sounds high,. Google a company called Axle Surgeons They are specialist in this repair.
     
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  4. swaan

    swaan Road Train Member

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    Yes . Nothing wrong with a qualified spindle repair specialist doing it. I had one put on my Eaton 404 rear once. Still going today 7 years later with 0 issues.

    It ain't cheap but had it done on a Saturday and was back at work monday morning!
     
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  5. mhyn

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    TA charged $2500 to replace a spindle of my friend's trailer. it was vantraxx axle.
     
  6. rcelmo

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    Repair is commonly done......not sure on the price? Sounds a little high...…
    but depending on your options locally there...…..if you have to get a qualified
    service to travel to where the truck is, you may not have much choice. Don't forget
    down time costs money too...…..
     
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  7. rcelmo

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    Also I am guessing two different shops will be involved..... first shop
    will disassemble the axle, remove hub, brakes, etc. Than a mobile service
    will come in, cut off the old spindle and weld on a new one. First shop
    will than reassemble the hub with new bearings and new brakes. Your
    truck will also be "tying up a shop bay" while the mobile service is doing
    the welding project. Being the weekend means likely paying extra as well.
     
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  8. Truckercali19

    Truckercali19 Bobtail Member

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    That is what i am going through :/ 2500 for that and the rest of the needed work comes to about 4k 5k
     
  9. Truckercali19

    Truckercali19 Bobtail Member

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    Thank you all SO MUCH for your replies!

    TA is doing it and i apologize for not saying that all the work will cost 4k that includes the brakes and hub. Hurts like hell!! Especially since it is a used truck I have bought less than 1 month ago!
     
  10. Tombstone69

    Tombstone69 Medium Load Member

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    Axle Surgeons will come to your location and repair the axle in a couple of hours. Most Macks are easy because they're made to be removed. They'll do the repair but the brakes are on you.Oil soaked can be cleaned and replaced, sounds like the TA is gouging you.
     
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