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As I pulled away from a parking space today I heard this loud bang come from beneath my car. Drove about a mile and noticed the car was not handleing right. So I parked the car in an empty lot and took a look. Sure enough, the wheel on the left rear was cockeyed. Looks like the axle broke. I wasn't even getting on it. Have these rear ends been giving anyone else any problems? Dealer hasn't called back. I hope he doesn't try to tell me that changeing to aftermarket wheels caused the problem. It's still a 20" wheel. Cecil.................
 

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qictrk, who is your dealer?

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As I pulled away from a parking space today I heard this loud bang come from beneath my car. Drove about a mile and noticed the car was not handleing right. So I parked the car in an empty lot and took a look. Sure enough, the wheel on the left rear was cockeyed. Looks like the axle broke. I wasn't even getting on it. Have these rear ends been giving anyone else any problems? Dealer hasn't called back. I hope he doesn't try to tell me that changeing to aftermarket wheels caused the problem. It's still a 20" wheel. Cecil.................
 

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Marty Franich from Watsonville. Didn't buy the car there, bought it in Kansas. Cecil.............
Keep us updated would like to know if it was the Axle and how many miles on the car was it an early build.
Have you been tracking the car before this.
IF the dealer finds the cause of the failure let us know.
 

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well i hope you kept your factory rims?i would definately put them back on BEFORE i brought my car in...man i have a radar hard wired in to my fuse pannle and when i brought my car in beacuse my windshield wipers stoped working they had the nerve to say O it could be because you hard wired the radar into the fuse pannle.i told them that thats pure crazy talk!and did they think they was dealing with some dumbazz?well ofcourse they said NO but for them to say something like that they musta thought i was..my point..if they even have a slight reason to blame a problem on something you did to the car THEY WILL!save yourself a headache put the old rims back on before you bring it in...juss my 5 cent worth...herbs
 

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Great advice Herbs. We all know changing out the stock wheels, especially using the same size, ain't gonna cause an axle to break, but don't even give them the chance, they'll use any excuse they can get. I would swap them out too.
 

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Sure sorry to hear it, Cecil. As far as I know this is the first rear end / axle problem reported on the forums.

Let's all hope it was a fluke, and that your dealer steps up and quickly does a full and proper repair, with zero hassles.

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Cecil, the idea about swapping-out your aftermarket wheels with your OEM set-up before you take your car into your dealer sounds like pretty good advice to me, since as of late, it seems as if DCX wants to place the blame on everybody else but themselves. Over a week ago, the west-coast DCX rep, as well as my 'Five Star' Chrysler dealer actually had the nerve to tell me that my car's intermittent, yet inherent and possibly transmission-related 'lunging' problem might actually be attributed to the custom aluminum performance pedals (by 'Ultimate Pedals') that many of us have installed on our cars. Of course, this asinine excuse was easily refuted after advising these 'knuckleheads' that my 'Ultimate Pedals' were installed long after my car had initially began experiencing its inherent 'lunging' problem...good luck! :rant:
 

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Your axle did not brake.
An axle would not affect the alignment of the wheel and you would not be able to move the car because it has an open differential. (unless it's AWD)
 

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I'll let everyone know what did break. Maybe its not the axle like Maneval69 said. To late for the stock wheels, they were sold and shipped. Besides, I had it towed some 80 miles directly to the dealer. Cecil.........
 

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I agree, if the axle broke it would not move. May be a suspension arm or shock? either way, I am curious, let's see if they give you any static about mods.
 

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Just got word from the dealer. It's the control arm. Bent and snapped in half. He said someone had to hit the wheel. He also said there were some light marks on the rear quarter panel. Maybe someone tapped it with there tire. Sure didn't leave many marks if they did. I was thinking back, if maybe I did something and did realize it. The only thing I can think of is, about 2 months ago, I ran off a curb and the car took a pretty good jolt. Maybe it weakened it, and it finally let go. Long tale short, I eat it. These cars are not as strong as I had hoped. Cecil..........
 

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Just got word from the dealer. It's the control arm. Bent and snapped in half. He said someone had to hit the wheel. He also said there were some light marks on the rear quarter panel. Maybe someone tapped it with there tire. Sure didn't leave many marks if they did. I was thinking back, if maybe I did something and did realize it. The only thing I can think of is, about 2 months ago, I ran off a curb and the car took a pretty good jolt. Maybe it weakened it, and it finally let go. Long tale short, I eat it. These cars are not as strong as I had hoped. Cecil..........
Oh, well that just sucks right there. Will warranty cover it? Seems like something the warranty wouldn't cover there, insurance might though.
 

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hopefully his SRT8 already has an SRT8 rear end :wave:
He is an SRT8?
I bet he would not have a hard time getting rid of a "broken" SRT8 rear end. At least he's got the correct vin number to order for.
 

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Remember the SRT-8 is lowered ...

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hopefully his SRT8 already has an SRT8 rear end :wave:
And if he doesn't have an SRT he should not get an SRT rear end. Otherwise his rear end would be 1/2 inch below his front.
 

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Just got word from the dealer. It's the control arm. Bent and snapped in half. He said someone had to hit the wheel. He also said there were some light marks on the rear quarter panel. Maybe someone tapped it with there tire. Sure didn't leave many marks if they did. I was thinking back, if maybe I did something and did realize it. The only thing I can think of is, about 2 months ago, I ran off a curb and the car took a pretty good jolt. Maybe it weakened it, and it finally let go. Long tale short, I eat it. These cars are not as strong as I had hoped. Cecil..........
How was the service at Marty Franich in Watsonville?
 
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