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Old 02-03-2013, 04:28 PM   #1
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Damaged Dually

Last week had the unfortunate luck to be involved in an accident on an icey day in North Carolina where people can't seem to comprehend that you have to slow down in bad weather. While sitting in traffic another car slid into my driver side dually wheels, upon initial inspection it looks like a bent wheel and severly cut tire. My question is I have told the body shop I want the rear axel checked to make sure nothing is bent or out of place, Is their anything else I need to have them check?and if something is shifted and repaired do you see this as being problem in the future pulling a large fiver.
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Old 02-03-2013, 04:33 PM   #2
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check for cracked wheel studs when the tires are off.
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Old 02-03-2013, 04:37 PM   #3
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A really good inspection to start and then I would suggest that a 4 wheel alignment is done to your truck just to make sure it is tracking right and nothing has moved.
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Old 02-03-2013, 07:14 PM   #4
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X2 on the 4 wheel alignment. Also, I'd have BOTH rims replaced on that side and 4 tires on the rear.

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Old 02-03-2013, 07:22 PM   #5
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Good point txi...
the four tires in the back have to be the same circumference or you will have issues...

now what they may do is give you one and have it shaved down to the matching circumference - which would be a waste of perfectly good rubber
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the four tires in the back have to be the same circumference or you will have issues...

now what they may do is give you one and have it shaved down to the matching circumference - which would be a waste of perfectly good rubber
Rule of thumb is you always replace all four rear tires on a dually at the same time. But most insurance companies are not going to pay for any tire that is not obviously damaged. So if you want it done right, you may have to buy some tires out of your own pocket.
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Since you have a full-floating rear axle, keep an eye on the wheel hub assembly on the side that was hit for potential bearing/seal problems.

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Everything on the real axle needs to be checked closely, as the entire axle has absorbed the energy of the accident.
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Guys the body shop is saying since the truck has only 7,000 mi on it the tire circumerence should not be a factor, true statement?
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I would't loose any sleep over it. Any pictures of it?
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Guys the body shop is saying since the truck has only 7,000 mi on it the tire circumerence should not be a factor, true statement?
I've forgotten where I read this statement saying dual tires on pickups should be within 1/8" in diameter. This Goodyear truck tire pdf (page 24) states 1/4" diameter difference limit for 20" truck tires.
BTW, that pdf is a very good reference for dual wheels of any size or application.
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I would closely check the housing alignment. I see many work truck driving sideways due trouble caused by overloading. A hit to bend a wheel is much more then an overload.
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Damaged Dually

I pick up the truck tomorrow no damage other than the wheel and tire, housing,alignment, axels and hub assembly were all good. I want to thank you all for your great suggestions as it helped me to keep the body shop and insurance company on their toes as your help gave me a broader selection of questions. BTW it sure gives you a new respect for how tough these trucks really are.
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