Torque arm and brake problems out in a field

Ericvj

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My 929 has been stuck out in a field for a while now. The torque arm on the rear axle pulled loose and messed up something with the brakes (or maybe the brakes messed up first and pulled off the torque arm).
Anyway, this happened out in the middle of a field about 40 miles away. I fixed a couple minor problems, but couldn't do anything with the remaining things and it's been sitting since then.

Does anyone experienced with these repairs have a good idea of how to repair this, far from a garage? I'm considering chocking the driver's side tire and using a truck to pull the passenger side backwards to line up the torque arm with the bushing. I can fix it if I can get it lined up.

I haven't pulled the wheels off yet because I haven't been able to get a big jack out there yet. Is anyone here able to tell me what the most likely problem/problems could be with the wheel hub or brakes? The wheel locked up; I assume this is because of the safety mechanisms.

I'm trying to get all parts and tools, etc that I might need before I go out there again. I want to at least get the torque arm on and cage that brake so I can get it home. I'm also worried about the leak there and assume I'll have to replace a cylinder or seal before I can get on the road. If anyone is experienced with this particular problem, I'd appreciate any input or ideas.
 

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porkysplace

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It looks to be the axle grease seals for the wheel bearings failed , hub has to come off to fix.
The torque should be able to be put back on the bushing ( probably easier said than done in the field but doable)
either straps or a portable welder and weld a washer to hold in place to limp home

 

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My 929 has been stuck out in a field for a while now. The torque arm on the rear axle pulled loose and messed up something with the brakes (or maybe the brakes messed up first and pulled off the torque arm).
Anyway, this happened out in the middle of a field about 40 miles away. I fixed a couple minor problems, but couldn't do anything with the remaining things and it's been sitting since then.

Does anyone experienced with these repairs have a good idea of how to repair this, far from a garage? I'm considering chocking the driver's side tire and using a truck to pull the passenger side backwards to line up the torque arm with the bushing. I can fix it if I can get it lined up.

I haven't pulled the wheels off yet because I haven't been able to get a big jack out there yet. Is anyone here able to tell me what the most likely problem/problems could be with the wheel hub or brakes? The wheel locked up; I assume this is because of the safety mechanisms.

I'm trying to get all parts and tools, etc that I might need before I go out there again. I want to at least get the torque arm on and cage that brake so I can get it home. I'm also worried about the leak there and assume I'll have to replace a cylinder or seal before I can get on the road. If anyone is experienced with this particular problem, I'd appreciate any input or ideas.
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For me, the axle seals and any other problems can be solved somewhere else. At home or where ever.

The axle that is out of place needs to be jacked into place. CHOCK THE FRONT WHEELS and put everything in neutral. You need a come-along or something similar to drag the axle forward / backward to align the torque rod, then drive it over the ball and like porkysplace suggested, a 1 inch piece of 3/8 or half inch plate about five inches long could be welded to the ball to get you home. The link he offered above is good information!

As you are jacking the axle into place, you may need a bottle jack or two to lift some of the truck weight off the springs. Don't hesitate to tension the axle, then give it a "love tap" with a sledge hammer. You mentioned being in a field, so some heavy blocks of wood for cribbing might be required too. REMEMBER TOO that you want the wheels to roll on the disconnected axle, so use a pair of Cage Bolts so the tires will roll. Much less mass to move that way!


Don't be too hard on yourself. I don't think the brakes had anything to do with the torque rod popping off. Chances are that you were making a turn on soft ground and the already broken rubber popped off the ball. The picture clearly shows that isn't a new break. The rubber has been separated for a long time.
 
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Ericvj

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Thanks guys. Glad to have some reassurance that the hub stuff can wait.

Jacking that into place is a much better idea than using a truck. I'll be able to keep an eye on it using the jack.

The front wheels will be chocked as well. I mentioned chocking the driver's side rear wheel because when I pull the passenger side back, the other side will probably try to move towards the cab. I'm chocking the driver's side wheel of this axle a couple inches from where it is now so that it can not swing out of alignment when I'm pulling the passenger side back in place.

I don't have a portable welder. I plan to clean up the rubber, rough it up a bit, and use loctite pl to bond the pieces back together. Then, I'll weld a plate on when I get out of the field.
 

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This was my experience
 

Ericvj

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Where in Arkansas are you?
I'm a few hours away from you in Mountain Home. But, I used to live in Memphis long ago and that's how I got into these big trucks. I was exploring a new area of the city and ran across Memphis Equipment, so I stopped to look. After that, just had to have 1 or 5+ big military trucks.
 

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I'm a few hours away from you in Mountain Home. But, I used to live in Memphis long ago and that's how I got into these big trucks. I was exploring a new area of the city and ran across Memphis Equipment, so I stopped to look. After that, just had to have 1 or 5+ big military trucks.
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Yeah! That is cool for. The recent pictures posted by Chris made drool :cool:
Those big green trucks will pull you in for sure!
 
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