HowAny one knows how to straighten/Re-Align a cracked axle/diff in the bush?

Submitted: Tuesday, Jul 23, 2002 at 00:00
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Mal and Derek have been very helpfull explaing how to detect cracked axle/diff and welds. And also how to weld a cracked axle/diff. I forgot to ask how do you straighten the axle after before welding it. What technic/trick do you use in the bush to do that. I have seen boiler makers use cold water on hot metal to make the metal bend the other way. Does it work? could the metal become brittle?
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Reply By: Derek - Tuesday, Jul 23, 2002 at 00:00

Tuesday, Jul 23, 2002 at 00:00
Frank, smee again. Yes, you can bend some steel components by heating or running a weld on the opposite side of the bend and letting it cool or quenching it. This may however cause crystalising of the metal and create a fatigue point. My advice is to not even try straightening the diff and get yourself to a wheel aligning place who can do the job properly. A diff that is out of plumb by only a millimetre can have drastic effects to the steering and tyre wear. It's just not worth the drama and risk.
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