What the heck was that!

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What the heck was that!

Postby Daisy1965 » Sun Jun 10, 2012 3:29 pm

I was driving down the road, all of a sudden there was a loud bang, sounded like I had gone over a pot hole, got out to check, everything looked fine, no pothole in sight. Got back in the car put her into gear went about 2 foot another bang. checked again couldn't see anything obvious. Got back in, started her up put her in gear, but she wouldn't move. Engine just revved in gear. please can anyone tell me what it may be. I got towed home in what I can only describe as a very traumatic experience.(first time I have ever been towed, with my dodgy brakes) I have a 1965 Morris 1000 if that helps. :cry:

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Re: What the heck was that!

Postby tomas.geoghegan » Sun Jun 10, 2012 4:27 pm

I had a half shaft go on me with a bang once?
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Re: What the heck was that!

Postby bmcecosse » Sun Jun 10, 2012 5:10 pm

If the speedo reads - but the car doesn't move - then it's a half shaft/broken diff. Or prop shaft broken - but that would be obvious since it would be hanging down..... If the speedo does not move then it could be broken clutch plate or something let go inside the gearbox.
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Re: What the heck was that!

Postby autolycus » Sun Jun 10, 2012 6:22 pm

Daisy1965 wrote:...I got towed home in what I can only describe as a very traumatic experience.(first time I have ever been towed, with my dodgy brakes) :cry:
Why were you driving it with dodgy brakes in the first place? There's a certain poetic justice in breaking down - perhaps it saved you causing an accident, and having an even more traumatic experience.

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Re: What the heck was that!

Postby bmcecosse » Sun Jun 10, 2012 6:42 pm

If it was a professional tow - it should have been on a fixed tow pole - brakes not necessary.
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Re: What the heck was that!

Postby fussyoldfart » Mon Jun 11, 2012 12:57 am

Daisy1965 wrote:I was driving down the road, all of a sudden there was a loud bang, sounded like I had gone over a pot hole, got out to check, everything looked fine, no pothole in sight. Got back in the car put her into gear went about 2 foot another bang. checked again couldn't see anything obvious. Got back in, started her up put her in gear, but she wouldn't move. Engine just revved in gear. please can anyone tell me what it may be. I got towed home in what I can only describe as a very traumatic experience.(first time I have ever been towed, with my dodgy brakes) I have a 1965 Morris 1000 if that helps. :cry:
The last time that happened to me it was the gearbox layshaft and I had four speeds in neutral! That was an early Minor 1000, before the ribbed case.
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Re: What the heck was that!

Postby Daisy1965 » Tue Jun 12, 2012 11:33 am

Thank you all for your responses I am going to get good ol' Kev to look at it (my local classic car mechanic).

with reference to the brakes, I meant they were dodgy as in normal brakes for a '65 not these modern hydraulic put your little toe on it and go flying through the windscreen types,I wouldn't risk it otherwise. :oops:

Didn't get a professional tow but they did have a tow pole, couldn't find anywhere to attach it though so was a bit of a makeshift attempt with a chain and padlock also. Just the first time I had ever been towed in any capacity and I felt like I needed to brake all the time regardless of the fact that I didn't ( I am a blonde lol)

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Re: What the heck was that!

Postby autolycus » Tue Jun 12, 2012 1:10 pm

Three points about being towed emerge from this, and may be useful to others who have never experienced it.

Firstly, the tow-er and towee need a clear understanding about braking. The towing driver should never apply his brakes, except for a real emergency or to avoid rolling back when stationary; the towed car should brake for both cars, which keeps the rope taut at all times. This does need plenty of anticipation and the willingness to apply and release the brakes gently. There's no need to touch the brakes running at steady speed on a level road.

Secondly, if you have to be towed in a car with a brake servo, have the engine running if possible, or you may get two or three normal brake applications then no assistance - which will seem terrifying if you're not expecting it to happen. Discovering that your power steering only works with the engine running is even worse.

But worst of all is forgetting to release the steering lock on the car being towed.

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Re: What the heck was that!

Postby tomas.geoghegan » Tue Jun 12, 2012 4:43 pm

tomas.geoghegan wrote:I had a half shaft go on me with a bang once?
Tomas
Yes what the heck was it ????? Would really be intrested to know????
Was it as i surgested a Half shaft!
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Re: What the heck was that!

Postby Daisy1965 » Wed Jun 20, 2012 7:58 am

Just found out (Kev is a hard man to get hold of) it is the rear axle so I am now on the look out for a cheap one. hopefully she will be back on the road soon. Thanks everyone for your comments.

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Re: What the heck was that!

Postby David53 » Wed Jun 20, 2012 10:34 am

So was it a half shaft? These are not expensive, plenty around 2nd hand
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Re: What the heck was that!

Postby dp » Wed Jun 20, 2012 4:05 pm

Daisy,if you find out what side the halfshaft broke from your mechanic you can post up a request foragood secondhand one in the 'Wanted' section.
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Re: What the heck was that!

Postby bmcecosse » Wed Jun 20, 2012 6:32 pm

You don't need a whole 'rear axle' - just a half shaft!!
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Re: What the heck was that!

Postby pfgiz » Thu Jun 21, 2012 5:29 pm

Hi,

I have an axel, surplus, in the shed. Complete unit, diff and halfshafts. It's been stripped so if you can get an idea as to which bit you want, diff or half-shafts, then come and get them.....

Point to mention here it's a 948 diff so won't give you a great cruse on the motor way, but it is free from whine as was on the Traveller until I swapped it out a year ago.

Let me know what you need, I'd say pick it up but not sure where your from as no location information is available....
Peter Gisby.



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