[Vwdiesel] HELP - WHEEL FELL OFF !!

Rolf Pechukas rbp at 4u2bu.org
Wed Nov 1 23:57:40 EST 2006

> So out of curiosity, just what mechanical magic did they expect  
> held the flange in?
> Chewing gum? Strong magnets?
> -james

well, in their defense, I think what happened was this:

the tow guy saw the car first, and tried to shove axle back in so he  
could get wheel vertical (w/o success, but he may have made the  
damage look less)

then, once they got the van to their shop, a couple 'techs' were  
assigned to rebuild the driver's side enough to be able to drive it  
in and on to a lift
(they were working outside on the ground in the cold)(although I  
remember doing an 8 hr exhaust job under my old P1800 in the snow  
without much complaint)

anyway, the shop owner never saw it until it was in the shop
so he may not have realized how f'ed up the flange drive was

I showed him pictures today of how far the stubby was sticking out of  
the tranny initially and he seemed surprised
said he was going to try to figure out 'how this happened'

bad communication, very poor listening skills (I tried to prevent this)

but they did take on the job in short order when no one else would
and the rest of their work looks fine

but they really blew it on the clip and seal

I just hope I don't need to rebuild the tranny

Rolf in MA

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