[Chrysler300] Fwd: 300-G and its broken axle
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[Chrysler300] Fwd: 300-G and its broken axle

Here's Bill Hall's response re the 300-G's broken rear axle on "The Drive Home II" -

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From: williamhall@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Date: January 13, 2017 at 8:12:24 AM CST
To: "Noel Hastalis" <cpaviper@xxxxxxxxxxx>
Subject: Re: Fwd: 300-G and its broken axle

Hi Noel,

First thanks again to you and the guys in the 300 Club for your enthusiasm and help with The Drive Home Chrysler. The breakdowns will be forgotten, but the memories will remain of the fellowship we encountered during the challenges on the road.

I understand the curiosity and wish I had more information.All this information is secondhand to me but I will tell you what I know.

The breakdown was actually the second axle, same side, that was replaced within 2000 miles. They had to do the same thing over the summer when they found the axle broken at the wheel-end threads. How the wheel did not fall off then, I have no idea. Unfortunately the details were relayed to me by some non-technical people.

So of course when I saw the car again this year prior to Woodward Drive I was curious and was able to speak with the hands-on mechanic. He said that the axle sheared, again at the threads. I wish he had taken pictures but he didn't. Since I found it odd that this would happen twice, I asked if there was some sort of interference in the carrier that might have cut through the axle, but he found none.

Possibly the axle nut was over-tightened. Undoubtedly this is a stressed area on any (used) axle. Some of the blog commentators have seemed to indicate this is an endemic problem with the original rear ends? We are curious to hear what ideas the Club might come up with.

We don't want to point any fingers, we are just glad that no one was injured, the car was not damaged (albeit a very slight bend in the inner rear fender lip and a ground-down brake backing plate- amazing) and we were able to continue. The car drives better than ever now. Rear brakes are property adjusted, etc.

I wish I had a close-up photo. Included is one you can use for the Club. We were in survival mode on the side of the highway and despite our filmmaker Facebook-live streaming the whole thing (he was the driver at the time), the rest of us were just trying to stay out of traffic and get on to our next stop. 

The car will be retired, back to the America's Car Museum, still wearing its sponsor livery and all the great memories we have created with the car. I hope, and I believe, that we have raised awareness of these great cars among the collector community. It was undoubtedly the most iconic of the three iconic cars we drove. A TV reporter in Brooklyn interviewing me (in reference to the car) asked "So, whats it like being the hottest girl in the nightclub?" It elicited that kind of reaction everywhere we went. And it was strangely emotional to see the car again after we were reunited with it.

I'll be pushing buttons in my sleep for awhile, and hope to see all the great guys in the 300 Club soon. True friends made possible through this great car!


Bill Hall

---------------------------- Original Message ----------------------------
Subject: Fwd: 300-G and its broken axle
From: "Noel Hastalis" <cpaviper@xxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Thu, January 12, 2017 11:48 pm
To: williamhall@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

> Hi Bill,

> Your commentary and photo of the 300-G with its broken rear axle has stirred some inquisitiveness and commentary within our Club.
> Was an autopsy performed on the failed axle to determine the cause of its failure? We'd like to know the circumstances around what exactly happened with it. Any close-up photos?
> We welcome your input!
> Noell


Posted by: Noel Hastalis <cpaviper@xxxxxxxxxxx>

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