Heavy-duty axles are extremely tough, but they’re not invulnerable. Overloading these axles can cause them to fail entirely. Fortunately for anyone that needs to get one or more of their heavy-duty axles repaired or replaced, we here at National Fleet Management have you covered. With a wide selection of axle services and a highly trained roster of technicians, you rest assured knowing you’re heavy-duty truck is in good hands. With over a decade of experience working in the heavy-duty repair industry, we understand that taking one of your trucks off the road isn’t easy. After all, how are you supposed to make money when you’re not hauling? To make up for this, we’ve designed our services to be as efficient as possible.
Common Causes of Heavy-duty Axle Damage
One of the most common causes of a snapped or warped axle is overloading. If your truck carries too much weight, your axles are put under a lot of strain. Generally, the payload capacity of your vehicle takes into account your axle capacity, so be sure to not haul more cargo than what your manufacturer has deemed safe.
Although it's less common, axles can still be overloaded even if your cargo matches your payload capacity. This tends to happen when driving up steep hills at full throttle. This puts a lot of stress on your drivetrain and can lead to snapped axles.
If your trucks drive in areas with uneven terrain, examples being construction sites and logging roads, they may be more susceptible to axle damage than those that drive purely on paved roads. When trucks are at harsh angles, their drivetrains are forced to work at foreign angles. This can put a lot of strain on heavy-duty axles, especially in areas where traction is hard to maintain.