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Well , as I was going to get some food it started to rain and unfortunately for me I lost traction and did a 360 and steered as far away as I could from any other car to avoid hitting them and went straight into the curb and did some nasty damage to the truck (luckily not as bad as I thought it was going to end up) and boy was it the scary as hell doing a 360 with no control of the truck, my rim is a bit bent and I snapped my left rear axle, so now I'm thinking what in the world am I gonna do ... This just happened a couple hours ago and it's almost 3 am here so there's not much I can do atm, I'm thinking about calling up ford and seeing how much the parts will cost me , anyone have any other suggestions ?

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an axle isn't that expensive
 

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Sorry for your misfortune but at least your ok. Nows the time to do the rear with a new true track diff and some new axles.
 

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That sucks man!
 

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Insurance claim is not an option??
 

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I feel you.. About 2 weeks ago, right after coming out the car wash, I made a left on the on intersection at about 15 to 20 mph, and my truck started to whip out. I smashed the brakes and countersteered to the right but the truck kept sliding and went up the center divider. Luckily the center divider was about 6 inches tall, so body damage was done nor no suspension damage visually. I almost hit a brand new silverado on the back door, but as soon as the guy saw me he moved up a bit so I would've hit his wheel, but thankfully the center divider was large enough of an obstruction to stop the truck
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Could've been worse...

These trucks are horrible in the rain, even at stock power levels.
 

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Thanks everyone ! As far as insurance claim i'm going to see what I can do about it. So glad there was no body damage as mentioned that would've sucked real bad ! This was my first time driving the truck in the rain I've only had it for about 2/3 months now and boy was it something unexpected.
 

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Yes you are Lucky! An axle and possibly leaf spring/shackle damage is pretty reasonable to fix as stated here. Also the recommendation to upgrade to a Trutrac would be smart if you can swing it but adds about $450.00 to the costs.
When driving these trucks in wet/snow/slick conditions its better to just idle through turns. Im willing to bet that 90% of these truck that are totaled are because of this type of scenario. It would do alot of new buyers good to take their trucks to a big open parking lot in the rain and see just how much throttle and how easy it is to walk the rear end around. Then they can avoid any damage. Me? I have an L-swapped F-150 so not as critical cause there are like a bazillion trucks out there for me to swap to,but....I too have to drive like a grandma in the rain.
Glad your OK and the truck is repairable. :rockon_ford

Where at in Cali are you? I'm in the OC.
 

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The most common thing for these truck is to be totalled by fire, cruise control relay. Atleast thats wha tit used to be.
 

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New axle new tru trac 1600 bucks done. Installed and parts
 

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This is why I never drive my Lightning in the rain. Hasn't seen rain in years. Get yourself an old vehicle, something cheap, and call it a daily driver. I have a 98 Ranger for that task. Still looks reasonable, V-6 power with some mods, so it runs good. Even it can get nasty in the rain, due to not enough weight out back. In the winter, I load the bed up with lidded buckets of sand.
 

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Yes you are Lucky! An axle and possibly leaf spring/shackle damage is pretty reasonable to fix as stated here. Also the recommendation to upgrade to a Trutrac would be smart if you can swing it but adds about $450.00 to the costs.
When driving these trucks in wet/snow/slick conditions its better to just idle through turns. Im willing to bet that 90% of these truck that are totaled are because of this type of scenario. It would do alot of new buyers good to take their trucks to a big open parking lot in the rain and see just how much throttle and how easy it is to walk the rear end around. Then they can avoid any damage. Me? I have an L-swapped F-150 so not as critical cause there are like a bazillion trucks out there for me to swap to,but....I too have to drive like a grandma in the rain.
Glad your OK and the truck is repairable. :rockon_ford

Where at in Cali are you? I'm in the OC.
Yeah I'm glad it wasn't worse as we all know it could've been. I'm currently looking into the parts and checking out my choices/prices not too sure what to go with so far. Yeah I've had a few encounters with the rear end trying to kick out but never as bad as yesterday. I make sure I always drive like a grandma in the rain and sometimes in general lol ! Thanks again :rockon_ford
I'm in the long beach area about 45 minutes or so from you
 

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This is why I never drive my Lightning in the rain. Hasn't seen rain in years. Get yourself an old vehicle, something cheap, and call it a daily driver. I have a 98 Ranger for that task. Still looks reasonable, V-6 power with some mods, so it runs good. Even it can get nasty in the rain, due to not enough weight out back. In the winter, I load the bed up with lidded buckets of sand.
That's been my plan ever since I got it I would like get a DD to keep the L safe especially in instances like these.


New axle new tru trac 1600 bucks done. Installed and parts
Sounds like a pretty penny but sure as hell cant cheap out on it either.
 

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Do we have to remove the diff cover to remove an axle? Or should the axle just slide out? I searched around but couldn't find anything. A video shows removing I believe bearings from the diff to remove an axle
 

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I disintegrated and obliterated my stock rear end a couple years back. It was an 8.8 and it had about 300,000 mi on it, but what it really didnt like was the extra 200 hp and extra torque I sent to it with the L-motor I stuffed under the hood.
But I put new 3.73 gears and the Tru trac in it and it is awesome now. Its kind of like Posi now when both tires are wet it gets really hairy. :ahhhh:bigtu Next Get together we have I will PM you if your interested. We have a pretty good group of guys that show up. Im the odd man out usually since I dont have a lightning but the motor and trans and alot of the interior is straight from this forum:rockon_ford
 

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I disintegrated and obliterated my stock rear end a couple years back. It was an 8.8 and it had about 300,000 mi on it, but what it really didnt like was the extra 200 hp and extra torque I sent to it with the L-motor I stuffed under the hood.
But I put new 3.73 gears and the Tru trac in it and it is awesome now. Its kind of like Posi now when both tires are wet it gets really hairy. :ahhhh:bigtu Next Get together we have I will PM you if your interested. We have a pretty good group of guys that show up. Im the odd man out usually since I dont have a lightning but the motor and trans and alot of the interior is straight from this forum:rockon_ford
dang that sucks, but don't feel too bad, about the 3rd day i had mine, i hit one of those yellow concrete filled metal barrier poles at gas station on the on the bed where the step sticks out from the rest of the truck, i literally wanted to cry, theres a big difference going from small toyota pickups to a full size, cost right at 900 bucks to fix it, and it wasn't even that bad. fiberglass isn't cheap to repair evidently
 

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I disagree with your "Sad Day" title. It was your LUCKY day. The number of Lightnings that have been totaled in similar situations is staggering. Count your lucky stars.
 
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