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Is it necessary to have the wheels of a car aligned with the body when parked, due to weight on the axle?

Not at all, in fact there are many occasions when you would want the tires at an angle to the body of the car. Any time you're parked on a hill it is prudent to angle the wheels of the car so that if ...
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Is it necessary to have the wheels of a car aligned with the body when parked, due to weight on the axle?

Perhaps my post is a bit late, but make sure you always face your wheels to an angle if you park your vehicle on a hill. A brake failure can lead into some heavy damage. If you parked your vehicle at ...
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Torque wrench or impact gun on large bolts

To answer your question directly, this is a "standard practice" but a VERY poor one. Getting the correct torque is by far more important than getting it done quickly. With the axle nut it is ...
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Torque wrench or impact gun on large bolts

Neither. Just get a 1m long bar (by extending a breaker or similar), stick it on the nut so that it is horizontal and simply hang 250N of mass at the end of it: (*) 250N = 56.2 lbs = 25.5 Kg 250N * ...
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Is it necessary to have the wheels of a car aligned with the body when parked, due to weight on the axle?

(I would have added this as a comment but I don't have the reputation yet) As dlu pointed out, on steep hills you want to angle your front wheels towards the kerb, but there are also situations where ...
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Are exploding axles common?

No, exploding axles are not a normal thing. Return to the shop that replaced them, there should be a warranty on them. Either: the axles were defective the axles weren't installed properly the axles ...
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Car pulls left, rattles very hard, steering wheel not straight when going straight

I think you have 2 separate problems, both due to having hit a curb: The pulling to the left and the wheel not being straight sound like a problem with your alignment. If it was just pulling to the ...
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Is it necessary to have the wheels of a car aligned with the body when parked, due to weight on the axle?

The reasons taught by driving instructors to keep wheels angled to the kerb: one so that if the car rolls on a slope the tyres hit the kerb (as above); to avoid the wear and tear of turning the ...
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2007 Escalade - grease on front axle

It looks as though the boot has split and is spewing grease all over the place. If there isn't a lot of dirt let into the boot, you should be able to just replace the boot (yes, this is a chore, but a ...
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What is axle tramp?

In the States we call this wheel hop. Wheel hop is the rear axle loading and unloading itself in rapid succession. It's caused (as you stated) from either the design of the axle, worn parts, soft ...
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Why do some axle repair bearings have two seals?

Axle repair bearings are used when the surface of the axle is chewed up by the old bearing. The repair bearing moves the location of where the bearing rollers ride to a smooth location on the axle. ...
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How to calculate the angular velocity ratio of a cardan shaft?

I'm not convinced it's as simple as that formula. I think you've got three solid bodies involved in the conversation. If it were me, I'd design the system in SolidWorks, then put the pieces together ...
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Does replacing axel cvs imply replacing the cv boots as well?

Yes, in almost all cases the replacement CV axle comes as a sealed unit. It is pretty rare to hear of shops replacing individual joints (boots), when it is generally more cost effective to just ...
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Tool for stubborn CV axle

Axle removed! The idea of banging on the axle bolt is a bad one if the axle is really stuck. Strong taps to dislodge are probably fine but above a certain degree of force, the inner threads on the ...
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Is it necessary to have the wheels of a car aligned with the body when parked, due to weight on the axle?

It depends on other circumstances. If you are on a slope angled wheels secure your car from rolling down. In the worst case you will damage your tyre agains curbs. In parallel parking, aligning ...
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How is the axle held in at the transmission ('88 Accord)?

If you look to the very right in this image: You'll see a snap ring. This holds the end of the axle in the transmission. To get it out, you need to wedge something like a long flat tip screwdriver or ...
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Tool for stubborn CV axle

If the outer cv joint is stuck in the wheel bearing, remove the nut and spray with a good quality rust solvent and let set a few hours, re soak several times. My favorite is Rusty by Kent Shake very ...
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Why do multi-axle vehicles have "innie" and "outie" wheel hubs?

There are two basic reasons for this: In the back where you see the dual tires, these are the drive axles. The one with the singe wheel is not. The extra tire on the driven axle helps provides ...
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How can I check if a wheel axle is straight?

You would want to use a dial indicator and a pair of vblocks In order to understand the amount of run-out you may have on your axle you will want to be able to measure the amount of run-out and you ...
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Should you break loose an axle nut with the wheel on the ground?

If you dont have a powerful impact wrench, then yes break it loose on the ground with car in park or reverse if manual trans, or have a helper apply brakes firmly while you do it. As Paulster2 stated ...
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Grinding in Neutral After Changing Outer CV Joint

The grinding is likely coming from the splines on the driveshaft. Either it is not fully engaged in the differential or the splines have become damaged. In neutral, if there is no resistance to ...
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Why don't FWD cars have rear differentials?

It seems to me there's some confusion about terms here. An axle is just a bit of ironmongery holding the wheels in place. The wheels can rotate independently of the axle: there's a bearing between ...
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Difference between Limited-Slip Rear Axle

Gear ratio is the only difference. 3:73 to 1 is the lowest ratio which means it will be faster in the short run, stop light to stop light. 3:15 to 1 is the highest gear ratio which means it will be ...
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Does this part have anything to do with a C.V. drive axle?

It was a part of the slide hammer I used to get the drive axle out that came dislodged while using it.
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Why do multi-axle vehicles have "innie" and "outie" wheel hubs?

The "outie" axles in the rear are only single tire, where as the "innie" rear axles are dually. I suspect it is simply based on weight capacity. It is to much weight for just a single dually axle, but ...
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What to do about this rust on trailer wheel, suspension and part of axle?

There are several things here you're going to need to do: Wheel: You need to replace this. The outside lip looks like it's about done. At the very least it is severely weakened. From what I can see, ...
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How to raise front of car safely?

You need a level solid surface and chocks both sides of the rear wheels. Soft ground, gravel etc can lead to problems so avoid that type of surface.
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How to raise front of car safely?

If you require full clearance for both front and rear, consider that a set of vehicle lift ramps will work well and provide appropriate safety for a bit of extra work. As Solar Mike suggests, use a ...
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Rear suspension looks funny after axle replacement

The difference may be due to the angle you are looking at. Try taking a photograph of the rear of the car that matches the press photo (same distance and angle) and see what difference that makes. ...
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The short axle slides in and out of the gear easily by hand

So I found out what the problem is: The inner axle joint is supposed to have a spring in it that keeps pressure on the cup to keep it in the transmission. When my truck was loaded on the tow truck, ...
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