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Tom Wood one-piece driveshaft blew up while driving!

Discussion in 'Suspension' started by dallas05taco, Mar 5, 2011.

  1. Mar 5, 2011 at 2:17 PM
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    dallas05taco

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    Title pretty much explain everything...

    Driving home on the highway going about 70mph, truck started vibrating and then shaking and then BOOM! Once i heard the boom i looked at my rear-view mirror and saw the driveshaft blowing off of the truck and flying off to the side of the highway. I immediately pulled over and parked the truck, after doing so I called for the truck to be towed. Now i am home and honestly don't know what to think, the driveshaft has been on for about 2 years now with no problem until today. How bad does it look do you think? easy fix? I'm so lucky that the driveshaft didn't fly off and hit someone's car to cause a major accident.

    Anyways here are some pics...

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    might have to get this replaced too, i guess when the driveshaft broke off it hit this before flying off...

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  2. Mar 5, 2011 at 2:20 PM
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    the last picture that piece doesnt need replacing but your driveshafts and u joint do need replacing
     
  3. Mar 5, 2011 at 2:22 PM
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    98tacoma27

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    Looks like the u-joints have been bad for a while. It's evident by the amount of ground metal that's accumulated on the TC
     
  4. Mar 5, 2011 at 2:23 PM
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    parts look pretty rusted...and i noticed by your sig that you like to drive in water...do you grease regularly and check torque?
     
  5. Mar 5, 2011 at 2:25 PM
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    well you asked for specs..... 06 trd sport speedway blue V-6 4.0 camburg lift spindles extended travel icons total chaos lowers allpro 4" leaf pack 17" xd hoss rims 305/65/17 mickey thompson baja atz Allpro hybrid bumper with 3 kragen HID lights color matched headlights grill craft grill AFE stage 3 CAI wicked flow muffler under cover bed cap inside i have..... wet okole real tree camo seat cover blue oznium dome light stealth sub box with 2 10" kicker comp subs kicker 400 watt amp weathertech floor mats
    yeah i also noticed there was no grease in any of the pictures actually
     
  6. Mar 5, 2011 at 2:27 PM
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    +1 on the no grease diagnosis. Everything looks REALLY dry to me.
     
  7. Mar 5, 2011 at 2:31 PM
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    Agree w/ previous posts. All u-joints look dry (no grease)...and it looks like there was a lot of heat build up. Probably would have been fine if grease properly maintained in the joints.
     
  8. Mar 5, 2011 at 2:31 PM
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    drove through that creek once awhile back, had it re-greased a year ago.. but im guessing you guys are right. I honestly wasn't thinking about that just too pissed to think right now. Thanks all.
     
  9. Mar 5, 2011 at 2:37 PM
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    oh yeah glad your ok and nobody is hurt. but i think the causes of it breaking is lack of grease
     
  10. Mar 5, 2011 at 6:47 PM
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    scary!
    happy you survived :D
     
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    Hmm, is the truck actually drivable if you put it in 4H? Should basically be acting like a FWD vehicle...
     
  12. Mar 14, 2011 at 2:52 PM
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    Thank you everyone for the help.

    Just talked to Tom himself and ordered me a new one. Very helpful and also gave me a discount, great guy. Great customer service, A+ experience.
     
  13. Mar 14, 2011 at 2:57 PM
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    too damn many
    atleast driveshafts are easy to replace other peoples car arent lol good to see it avoided everybody
     
  14. Mar 14, 2011 at 3:03 PM
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    It ain't the shaft that went batshit on you bro', its the lube-lacking U joints at the root of your issue, you can easily see that your drive line hasn't been maintained as well as it should've been


    Guys ya gotta make the time & lube, lube , lube anything with a grease zirk, & try to be religious about it, make it a regular routine...

    I did mention lube didn't I ??.... ;)
     
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    How much is a new drive shaft?
     
  16. Mar 14, 2011 at 3:16 PM
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    $316 shipped for a new shaft plus parts.
     
  17. Mar 14, 2011 at 4:47 PM
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    I'd recommend that you buy a shaft from a local shop. TW shafts and universals aren't very good. IMHO. The universals get really hot for some reason. I grease mine every few months. But I have my doubts about the universals. I even installed a driveshaft strap. I'm thinking that it's just a matter of time before my shaft self destructs.
    Knowing what I know now; I would never buy a shaft from TW.
     
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