"Randy G." <frcn@DESPAMMOcncnet.com> wrote in message
> "Michael Pardee" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
>>I agree - anything hot or smoking around a wheel is probably the only
>>warning you will get before something *very* bad happens. Seized brakes
>>could cause you to lose all control and a seized wheel bearing can cause
>>your wheel to fall off - both have been known to happen.
> No kidding! On the way to work one day in the '74 Ford 4wd PU. On and
> off, it seemed like it was pulling a bit, but the wind was blowing
> across the road at about 25+mph so I didn't think about it.
> On the way home it was pulling again and this time I was between
> windrows of tall trees... Oh oh.
> I was hoping to get it home, and heading along a highway at about 55
> it got worse and I started to smell bad things- hot, greasy things. it
> suddenly began to pull hard and I knew it was over... I pulled off the
> highway on a side road and looked under the truck to see what was up.
> After I blew out the flames(!) behind the RF wheel I looked and said
> to myself, "I an not supposed to be able to see the brake shoes."
> I wanted to back it up a bit further away from traffic. I reversed
> about 4" (no exaggeration) and the right front wheel/hub assembly fell
> OFF the truck! My head had been under there about 30 seconds earlier.
> I will tell you that there was never a time in my life that I needed
> an alcoholic beverage more badly.
> As it turned out, it was a failed wheel bearing that sheared the stub
> axle off that drives the wheel (front differential on 4wd). I still
> have the end of that axle in the garage as a reminder. It looks melted
> like solder where it broke off, but the stuff is so hard that you
> can't even drill it.
> A seizing, hot wheel is a sign of imminent danger. Going one step
> further, posting about same on the internet is leaving evidence that
> he had knowledge of a pre-existing, dangerous situation. Be very
> __ __
> Randy & \ \/ /alerie's
> '90 245 Estate - '93 965 Estate
> "Shelby" & "Kate"
While we're at it we should mention the *very* bad thing is also _certain_
to happen if the cause isn't fixed. There is no benign reason for a wheel to
get hot, and whatever is doing it will not fix itself. The good news is that
the cause won't be hard to find and the fix will only be a fraction of the
cost of the bad thing that would happen if you continue to drive it (and
repair will probably cost more if you have the accident anyway).
Smoke under the hood = often bad. Smoke at a wheel = always bad.