How To Fix Axle Wrap
When your car gets annoying, it is time to do something about it. The same goes for bent or loose axles. If you notice that your vehicle is having trouble handling properly with wheels spun, then it is time to fix them!
A lot of factors can cause an axle to become wrapped up and/or broken. This article will go over some potential causes, what symptoms indicate this situation, and how to correctly diagnose and remedy the problem.
It is very important to understand the difference between regular wheel bearing changes and axle replacement before attempting to perform either procedure. Bearing replacements are much less expensive than new axles, so if you suspect bearings in a particular set-up, try replacing those first.
This article will also discuss when it is okay to use cheap parts instead of good quality ones. Sometimes things break due to poor quality materials, but would still work fine until they fail.
Loosen the joints
The next thing you will need to do is loosen the axial or joint components of your axle wrap. You can use either gloved hands or tools to perform this task, depending on how tight the roll-up bar is.
By loosening these components you are allowing more rotation so that the roll up bar can rotate freely around the axis. Once you have done this then retighten them to ensure it does not come apart anymore!
Reminder: Make sure to only tighten each part until you feel like they are locked in, make sure there is no way to turn easily with just your fingers.
Make sure the wheel is not cracked
While this may seem like an unnecessary step, it can save you from having to buy a new tire or axle! If your car comes with warning lights when you try to remove the cover, then check out the settings for those cars and see if there are any about cracks in the wheels.
If so, turn off all of the warnings except for “Axle Warning” since that one is important!
By turning down the caution level you will be able to work on the wheels more quickly and easily because you won’t need as much attention paid to the potential damage.
Tighten the joints
The second step in fixing bent or broken axles is to tighten the bolts that hold the joint together. You can use a torque tool to do this, but you will also need a good quality set of torque wrenches so you know what pressure each bolt should have.
By using these tools correctly, your car will be back to working order! Make sure to only apply very light pressure with the wrench, as too much stress could cause damage to the parts being tightened.
It’s important to remember that not all cars are built alike, which is why there is no one right way to do it.
Check the brakes
The first thing you should do if your vehicle is getting longer braking distances is check the brake fluid, level of brake fluid, and how effective they are. Make sure each wheel has enough fluid for adequate braking!
If there is no improvement after checking these things, then it is time to pull out the tools and test the actual components themselves. Does the brake pedal feel firm? If not, have someone push down hard on the pedal and see what kind of response you get. You may need new parts to make the system work properly.
Another way to determine whether or not your vehicles’s wheels will hold up is by looking at them under heavy load. Are all four wheels squealing loudly when pressed into service? This could indicate that one or more of the wheels needs to be replaced.
There are many different types of motorsized cars so this article cannot go into much detail about which ones require axle wrap repairs.
Change the brake fluid
The other common cause of wheel spin is having an inadequate amount of braking power. This can be due to poor quality or old brake fluids, or maybe you just don’t have enough brakes!
Changing your car’s brake fluid will make your wheels more efficient at slowing down your vehicle. A lower proportion of solid particles in the fluid will create thinner layers of friction which help propel the car instead of causing it to drag against the road.
Some cars automatically add extra liquid when needed, but others require you to do this yourself. Fortunately, it’s not too difficult! You may even be able to find instructions online or from your engine manual.
Remember, never use any type of oil-based fluid as brake fluid. These could lead to burning or boiling of the fluid, creating unsafe conditions for you and the surrounding area.
Check the tires
The first thing we will do is check your tire pressure. Make sure both front and back wheels are even! If one side is higher than the other, this can cause axel wrap.
If you notice cracks in the tread or if the edge of the tire looks raggedy or torn, this could be caused by heavy wear due to low pressure.
Checking the air pressure in each tire is the best way to make sure your vehicle doesn’t suffer from this safety issue. You should also double check that there is no fluid leaking out of the reservoir area under the car.
This would indicate possible water intrusion into the axle housing which could weaken the structure. This could also cause the car to lose more traction, potentially putting additional stress on the affected wheel.
Removing any protective grease may also expose bare metal, which could cause corrosion and weight gain, creating an unsafe situation for your vehicle.
Replace the tires
The other most common cause of wheel wrap is having bad or worn out wheels. As mentioned before, making sure your car is level is important, but replacing the wheels can also fix this issue!
If you are looking for more grip, then it is time to replace the current set of wheels with something sharper edged. A way to do this is by going up in size a half tire (one whole diameter larger). For example, if you have 17 inch rims, go up one full size and get 18 inches worth of rubber. This will give you slightly better traction and safer driving!
Removing old wheels is an easy process that only takes around 30 minutes depending on how much effort you want to put into it. Make sure you are careful when taking off the old ones as you may need to pull them away slowly and carefully so they do not break apart.
Check the suspension
The first thing you should do if your car is experiencing wheel spin or crunching when braking is check the brakes! Make sure both front and back brake pads are still fitting properly, and that there is enough fluid in the system to ensure good friction between the wheels and discs.
If you feel like the brakes need replacing, do so before trying to fix the other part of the issue. It may be easier to start with just changing the shoes or surfaces instead of buying new ones if necessary!
Another place to look is the spring, shock, and linkage for the axle. If these are old and hard, it will take longer to stop the vehicle, which could cause an accident. You can often replace them if needed without having to completely overhaul the suspension.