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Old 09-15-2011
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Weird problem! Fabtech spindle just broke in half...

Hey guys. I'm having a strange issue with my truck and that is when i put it in reverse
and cut the wheel to the left or right it feels like something is dragging and there is a little squeak when it starts moving in reverse.

Ball joints aren't the problem, i have moog in the top and bottom. and its doubtful that I'm rubbing as there are no marks on the tires or frame and I've never had a rubbing issue in the past

another thing to point which may or may not be relevant is when i put it in reverse and/or drive, sometimes i hear a knock that sounds like metal hitting metal.

Thanks in advance guys!

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Check your brake pads and rotors. If thats not it, its most likely U-joints.
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well the truck just broke down about 4 hours after i posted that, the spindle broke in half right in-between the inner and outer wheel bearings. Im rather pissed off, i could have died as i was going 70 down the freeway 10 minutes before this happened. Fabtech is getting a call from me tomorrow. illl post pics up in a bit
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wow that sucks. would like to see those pics though.
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The fabtech spindles are known to break. There have been probably five or so threads about it on here alone. I couldn't find them all but there are two.

https://www.ranger-forums.com/showth...hlight=fabtech
http://www.therangerstation.com/foru...ad.php?t=43957

Have you beat on it? Did you buy it new or used? How often was your maintenance?
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Craptech. My buddy got some after I recommended he didn't.

We'll see what happens.
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Theres the pic note how good the wheel bearings look there 4 months old
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i Changed my wheel bearings at 60k packed properly with grease. nothing was overtightened but i can see a bubble in the casting where it broke. no i didn't beat on it the truck docent see off road much at all its a 2wd
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