HI all, new here, I have a 1993 UMC aeromate food truck, before I put thousands into the head gaskets etc, I would like to find out how long the average rear axle lasts, our truck has 170k miles? Finding parts for our truck is almost impossible as they haven't made any for almost 20 years. Also, it is possible to custom make a rear axle? and if so, does anyone know ABOUT how much that would run with labor? ANY info would be appreciated!! Thanks.
Mbn24 welcome to Car Craft:Thats really a good question. If the truck hasn't been overloaded the rears can last a very long time...If you keep putting 2 tons of weight in a 1/2 ton truck you will have problems.1.You have to remember You don't know the history of the truck. Was it used and not abused?2.Do you know what rear is in the truck. I know White/Mack makes a lot of the bigger rear ends for trucks. Dana/Eaton has the big 10.5 ring gears also.3.But I can tell you this if they are not serviced atleast once in 50,000 miles. Just to see whats going on inside they could have a short life. But I'm a maintenance guy.I worked at a GM dealer as a consultant. The bridge dept. of the Mass Highway. Had 1500 chevy Vans. They were always in for axle bearings. I got old R/O's on a couple trucks. Some in 100,000 miles had (2) complete rears, bearings ie.axle bearings, axles, etc. Inside the Van was steel shelving. On top of all that they were filled with pipes, clamps welders whatever they could put in the truck. I'm sure if they went to a weigh scale they wouldn't pass. The State was smart. Purchase 1500 light duty Vans, Where they really needed 3500HD Trucks. So they purchase 100,000 mile extended warantees. When the warantees are done they sell the vans at auctions. Smart.Bob
There are junk yards that only deal with trucks. You can find parts for just about anything you need.You may have to look into the Heavy Duty and over the road type trucks. There are axles makers for what you need. Have the VIN and if there is a plaqured anywhere have that ready when you call for parts.Was your type truck used as a plumbers or an electrican's truck. If so you may already have a heavy duty axle set-up. Whats the Gross weight of your truck. That may tell you what your looking for.Bob
these are front wheel drive trucks, right? based on the Dodge Caravan