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Old 06-19-2010, 06:35 PM
 
Location: NV
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Does anybody know if any damage can be done to a truck, (other than the damage caused by the rear end seizing up and I think, it's the drive shaft, dragging on the ground) by pulling it onto a flatbed tow truck and about twenty feet to get it out of the road.

I mean can frames or axles get bent from all this yanking on a vehicle that obviously won't go anywhere. Anybody with this experience. Just happened today and would like to be forewarned about the possible damage to the vehicle. Worried it might cause more future problems. We've had problems with the rear pinion bearings in the past. Thanks!
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Old 06-20-2010, 07:15 AM
 
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Most likely the only damage will be to the tires.

Does it have to be put on a rollback? There are other ways to move your truck like a wheel lift or a dolly.
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Old 06-20-2010, 09:17 AM
 
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If the driveshaft is dragging on the ground, then you should unbolt and remove that driveshaft before moving it so that it doesn't "catch" on the ground or when you begin to winch it onto the flatbed.
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Old 06-20-2010, 10:21 AM
 
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Does anybody know if any damage can be done to a truck, (other than the damage caused by the rear end seizing up and I think, it's the drive shaft, dragging on the ground) by pulling it onto a flatbed tow truck and about twenty feet to get it out of the road.

I mean can frames or axles get bent from all this yanking on a vehicle that obviously won't go anywhere. Anybody with this experience. Just happened today and would like to be forewarned about the possible damage to the vehicle. Worried it might cause more future problems. We've had problems with the rear pinion bearings in the past. Thanks!
Unless you call tire screeching and a little wear damage, no! I have moved some vehicles in park with my F-250SD before.
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Old 06-20-2010, 11:16 AM
 
Location: Michigan--good on the rocks
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Just make sure the tow truck driver hooks his chains to the frame, not the front suspension. I would leave the driveshaft in place, but tie it up with a bungee cord. If you remove it, you will likely have a big mess of trans fluid on the ground. I am assuming, of course, that your truck has a slip-yoke style output shaft as most do anymore. Otherwise, you'll hear the tires complaining and that's about it.
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