Rusted Axil Bolts

Discussion in 'General Motoring' started by sassycat, Jun 25, 2006.

  1. sassycat

    sassycat Guest

    I was driving my 1999 Sanota and was making a right turn off the highway and
    lost control of my steering power. The a-frame of my car went left and the
    body of my car went right. The body fell off the frame due to the main frame
    axil bolts and part of the a-frame rusting completely through. I had no
    control of the car. Is this typical in Hyundai Sanotas? The wrecker service
    said I was lucky I wasn't still on the highway, it could have caused me
    serious injury. I keep my car in the garage, it never sits outside when I am
    home. This seems like a very dangerous hazard and I cannot understand why
    the a-frame and bolts would have gotten to the state of being rusted totally
    through. In the process, of this happening, it also ruined my transmission.
    Has this happened to anyone else? Although I was unable to move my car after
    this happened it was still in gear which of course didn't work. When I tried
    to put the gear shift in park, there were no gears, I just had to turn the
    car off.
    sassycat, Jun 25, 2006
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    Mike Marlow Guest

    No - this is the first I've ever heard of such an event. If it were
    typical, it would be big news.
    Of course it's dangerous. Why did it happen? Who knows. Sometimes very
    rare things happen.
    No gears? Not sure what you mean by this. If you mean that you couldn't
    move the shift lever, I'm not surprised. A drop to the road like this would
    quite likely result in some sort of damage to linkages, etc.
    Mike Marlow, Jun 25, 2006
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    Matt Whiting Guest

    Where do you live? Near the coast? In an area that applies lots of
    salt to the roads in the winter? Is your garage heated (this isn't good
    for cars driven in winter weather)?

    I'm guessing there is a lot more to this story than you are telling us
    so far.

    Matt Whiting, Jun 25, 2006
  4. Sounds like a fluke to me.
    Brian Nystrom, Jun 25, 2006
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    Eric G. Guest

    Not arguing the point, but why would a heated garage be bad in the
    Winter? Heating lowers the relative humidity and helps the car dry out,
    doesn't it?

    Eric G., Jun 25, 2006
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    Matt Whiting Guest

    Ice doesn't rust metal nearly as fast as water and salt that is encased
    in ice rusts at a slower rate than salt water.

    It is better to leave a snow and ice and salt covered car out in the
    cold than the bring it in and warm up the ice and snow and salt and form
    a nice solution to rust the car.

    Matt Whiting, Jun 25, 2006
  7. What's a Sanota?

    Screwtape III, Jun 25, 2006
  8. I had something similar happen to a 1979 Fiat Strada when it was 3
    years old. You don't see very many Strada's on the road these days...

    Screwtape III, Jun 25, 2006
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    nothermark Guest

    Ditto - almost - I know that in upstate NY out attached garage is just
    warm enough to melt the snow down to a nice brine. I expect a really
    heated garage would then evaporate the brine down to salt. Brine is
    the problem.

    nothermark, Jun 25, 2006
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    Matt Whiting Guest

    And what is an Axil bolt?

    Matt Whiting, Jun 25, 2006
  11. Matt,

    I live in Indiana and yes they do at times have to apply lots of salt to the
    roads but as well I wash my car often. My garage is not heated but it would
    be warmer than sitting outside in the elements. I'm not quite sure what you
    mean by more to this story than I am telling you. I had not had any
    indication previous to this happening that there was something wrong with my
    car. It was only minutes before it happened that I felt a pull to the right
    on my steering wheel that something was not right. My first thought was that
    the allignment was off but it was also pouring down rain at the time and
    there was ponding on the highway. I'm not sure what else I can tell you, I
    didn't realize there was a problem until it happened.


    sassycat via, Jun 26, 2006
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    hyundaitech Guest

    Most likely, the axle pulled out of the transmission or the inner cv joint
    pulled apart.
    hyundaitech, Jun 26, 2006
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    Matt Whiting Guest

    I meant things like how many miles are on the car. I've seen 99 cars
    with 300,000 miles with 200,000 of those on salty NY or PA roads. If
    you wash your car often in the winter with salt on the roads, this is
    NOT good for it. Adding water to the salt is a recipe for rust.

    Matt Whiting, Jun 26, 2006
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    Deck Guest

    Axil bolts come on Sanotas, sometime they rust.
    Deck, Jun 27, 2006
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    Mike Marlow Guest

    Where in upstate?
    Mike Marlow, Jun 27, 2006
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    Mike Marlow Guest

    This was much more true in years past than it is now. Seldom do you see
    much rust on cars even in NY where we use a lot of salt. Galvanized metals
    and plastic fender liners have done much to make those problems more of a
    thing of the past. We wash our cars regularly all winter long and we don't
    suffer major rust problems. If we didn't wash our cars in the winter we'd
    all be driving white cars. Today, the fears of heated garages, washing,
    etc. are a non-entity. My garage is heated and we've never had a car suffer
    any advanced rust problems.
    Mike Marlow, Jun 27, 2006
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    nothermark Guest

    down the road fro you - roughly rochester
    nothermark, Jun 27, 2006
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