Wheelskates under 153334

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  1. HLE

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    Does anyone know why London Midland's 153334 has been sat in Coventry yard for the week? As of Thursday it was seemingly put onto wheelskates, this must be a serious engine/transmission issue?
     
  2. najaB

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    How many wheels were on skates? It could just be a bad flat spot.
     
  3. HLE

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    From what I could see it was both axles at the 'non original' end. Believe they are the driving axles, although I may be wrong
     
  4. Eng274

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    Could be a hot axle box/bearing damage, very bad wheel flats or damage to the final drive or cardan shaft.
     
  5. najaB

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    That does point towards a serious drivetrain issue.
     
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    It wont be an engine fault, that wouldn't need a wheel skate.
     
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    To need to fit a skate it would need to either be tyre damage (or rather tread damage on monoblocs) or something preventing the wheel set turning such as axle bearing failure, final drive/gearbox failure or traction motor failure (for vehicles fitted with TMs ).
     
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    As you say, although having had a little experience with Sprinter based units in the past, it could well be a final drive seizure - that seems to be one of the more common faults with the BR Sprinter ranges.
     
  9. HLE

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    Cheers for the replies, looks like that units out of service for a while then!
     
  10. gage75

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    Sorry to state the obvious, but a skate on skates
     
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