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Default Cracked rear axle hub?

I've been fighting with what I thought was a rear axle seal leak, but no oil or sludge on brakes or between the wheels. Then I was told it was a outer flange, no oil on the gasket and everything is tight. Mechanic didn't want to proceed for lack of parts.

New mechanic suggests cracked rear axle hub?

No one wants to touch my bus. I've called at least a dozen shops, I even brought it in to one or two. I have another appointment at Cashman Caterpillar in Las Vegas, but was warned to "bring my own parts" or expect to leave it for "awhile".

Has anyone else had a cracked hub and what should be done?
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I've been fighting with what I thought was a rear axle seal leak, but no oil or sludge on brakes or between the wheels. Then I was told it was a outer flange, no oil on the gasket and everything is tight. Mechanic didn't want to proceed for lack of parts.

New mechanic suggests cracked rear axle hub?

No one wants to touch my bus. I've called at least a dozen shops, I even brought it in to one or two. I have another appointment at Cashman Caterpillar in Las Vegas, but was warned to "bring my own parts" or expect to leave it for "awhile".

Has anyone else had a cracked hub and what should be done?
I haven't had your problem, but maybe your taking the bus to the wrong places. You don't take the bus to a Cat House for a chassis or drive train problem. The Cat House will know how to repair you engine but may not have a clue on the rear end or axles. I would suggest a Class 8 truck repair shop. They should have access to parts and the knowledge on what and how to fix it. I have two or three places very close to me that do excellent work on rear ends, axles, brakes, etc.
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Both of the mechanics that have looked at it were mobile big rig repair. I also called Peterbilt and Kenworth, received no positive feedback. My last resort was Cat for their heavy equipment repair.

I'll try calling around some more shops. I thought I had it covered last week, but not getting anyone willing to work on it.
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Do you have a Transaxle shop in your area? I have used them with very good results, they did a overhaul of my steering box. http://www.transaxle.com/
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You might call a school bus repair shop if there's one around.

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Video or pictures will tell us more, trying to visualize your problem is not working for me. I had a rear axle housing vent filter clogged and it was weeping, a Class 8 truck shop which works on dump trucks and such would be your best bet to solve your problem. Plus their labor is usually a little cheaper. Take a picture & post it so we can possibly help you better. A bad wheel seal will sling oil on the rim and or on the brake hubs but not on your axle.
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call the local school district and ask who services school busses.
if it is the hub, that may be the reason others are running away,
not a difficult repair for a class 8 repair shop but these parts may be hard to find. A junk yard or possibly Randy may be your choices, Shane had a hub issue maybe he will post.
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Thanks All. I called the school district, Clark County does all maint. in house.
I'll get some pics up, but nothing to see. Just oil on the outer rim. No drips, leaks, or cracks to be found.

Folks see the oil, but no obvious reason then send me on to the next guy.
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Do you have a Transaxle shop in your area? I have used them with very good results, they did a overhaul of my steering box. http://www.transaxle.com/

And they service ZF, but only on the east coast.

Thanks for the link.
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I had an axle leak on my bus after purchase. It was intermittent and found that it was the sight gauge cap on the axle. seems someone did a jb weld and depending on the rotation of the crack when parked, whether it leaked or not.

I took it to a truck repair shop and they had the part in stock. To echo other thoughts, these are trucks/big rigs etc. I have found no problem with repair facilities for trucks.

although I do not live in the desert and have no water issues either...haahahaha
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