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Old 07-31-2010, 07:22 PM   #1
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BUSTED!

Broke something tonight! I went out with the family tonight to have dinner and on the way back home had my middle son (29 years old) in the car for the first time. I live a 1/4 mile from the end of my road. I turned on to my road and stopped, placed it in first, put it in competitive mode, and hit the accelerator to the floor. It tac'ed out at 4200 just like it should. I dumped the clutch and there was a BIG bang, and no movement. My car is number 13,279, so I expected to look under the car and see oil dripping out of the tranny along with a busted output shaft. Remember when this was the big concern back during the initial shipments? No oil, and in fact no visible signs of any kind. We roped it and towed it to the garage where I will have the dealership pick it up early next week. My only mod was a CAI intake. No tune or exhaust mods done. This was only the second time I tried the Launch Control (once last year and first time this year). I am not sure the Camaro is up to that capability?

This stinks as I need it by August 20th for the factory luncheon event/weekend.


8/2/ - UPDATE (See posting 45 of this thread)
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Old 07-31-2010, 07:26 PM   #2
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My guess would be the axle
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Old 07-31-2010, 07:26 PM   #3
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Broke something tonight! I went out with the family tonight to have dinner and on the way back home had my middle son (29 years old) in the car for the first time. I live a 1/4 mile from the end of my road. I turned on to my road and stopped, placed it in first, put it in competitive mode, and hit the accelerator to the floor. It tac'ed out at 4200 just like it should. I dumped the clutch and there was a BIG bang, and no movement. My car is number 13,279, so I expected to look under the car and see oil dripping out of the tranny along with a busted output shaft. Remember when this was the big concern back during the initial shipments? No oil, and in fact no visible signs of any kind. We roped it and towed it to the garage where I will have the dealership pick it up early next week. My only mod was a CAI intake. No tune or exhaust mods done. This was only the second time I tried the Launch Control (once last year and first time this year). I am not sure the Camaro is up to that capability?

This stinks as I need it by August 20th for the factory luncheon event/weekend.
Seeing as how plenty of people race these cars (drag strip) and have no issues launching them I can't say I agree you your assessment of it not holding up to the capability.

I think it was your car telling you not to run 'em so hard. Sucks though. I imagine there would be plenty of things that could cause that. Seems like it should be under warranty so they'll fix it... a CAI I've never read, is the cause of something like this.
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Old 07-31-2010, 07:26 PM   #4
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ya.. i will no longer do any more launches anymore... i broke my rear axle... the camaro just cant handle it i guess...
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Old 07-31-2010, 07:28 PM   #5
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My guess would be the axle
By "the axel", are you referring to the left or right axel in the rear end of the car? If one snapped, wouldn't the other still work?
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Old 07-31-2010, 07:29 PM   #6
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Where at on the axle? Drive shaft is rotating?
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Old 07-31-2010, 07:31 PM   #7
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im sorry that you have to go through that
there must be some manufacture defect in your car your warranty should cover that
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Old 07-31-2010, 07:32 PM   #8
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By "the axel", are you referring to the left or right axel in the rear end of the car? If one snapped, wouldn't the other still work?
Nah, diff would spin on broken side. good side would slip and stay still.

Snap one of the yokes?

As long as damage is outward from the diff, you should be good for the 20th.

You must have a black one. They are much more powerful than the others.
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has more of you guys experienced the same problem ?
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Old 07-31-2010, 07:34 PM   #10
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OK

Do you think I need to worry about re-installing the original intake so they don't have an issue with the CAI? John above thinks it should not be an issue.
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Nah, "Cold Air Intake"...They build these cars in Canada. It doesnt turn air into Nitrous.
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Old 07-31-2010, 07:39 PM   #12
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Nah, diff would spin on broken side. good side would slip and stay still.

Snap one of the yokes?

As long as damage is outward from the diff, you should be good for the 20th.

You must have a black one. They are much more powerful than the others.
HAHA, damn straight.

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Do you think I need to worry about re-installing the original intake so they don't have an issue with the CAI? John above thinks it should not be an issue.
I don't think it's what caused your problem. But If I were you and had some warranty work ahead of me, I'd remove any bolt on upgrades so as to reduce the chances that they'll come back and tell me they wont fix it. If they really want to save money, they may just say, "that's what did it" even if it's far fetched. I personally wouldn't want the hassle even if I could explain it, 10 forum members here, and a panel of judges in a court. Return it to stock, hand it back and go, "I have no idea what happened".
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Old 07-31-2010, 07:42 PM   #13
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I have always found the "squeaky wheel gets the oil". The mess with ya about the CAI, through a big ass fookin fit, and call every GM exec you can get ahould of, TV, paper, Obama...

Dealer: "your Cold Air Intake did it"
You: "So 80 F air produces that much power? This bad boy should pull a wheelie this winter."
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Old 07-31-2010, 08:12 PM   #14
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Wow, I'm sorry man. Has this happened to others as well? So is it no longer a smart idea to drive your car hard?
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Old 07-31-2010, 08:14 PM   #15
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That's wild and unfortunate to hear that, is this a common occurrence with our cars? Cause if so I won't be doing that in the future.
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Old 07-31-2010, 08:50 PM   #16
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The strange thing is that I typically drive this car real easy, probably much easier than most SS owners. It's not to often that I jump in to it, and even rarer that I put it in Competitive Mode. I have never experienced the drag track and was really looking forward to trying it this summer. Now I am skittish to do it, especially if I have to explain how I might have broken a second one should it happen.
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Old 07-31-2010, 08:50 PM   #17
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Steve - Is that quote from the Silmarilion or something else JRR wrote?
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Old 07-31-2010, 08:54 PM   #18
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Are you talking about the one below my comments? (the one about the dragon)
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Old 07-31-2010, 08:56 PM   #19
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Yeah - don't find to many Tolkien readers that make it through the Silmarillion
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Old 07-31-2010, 09:03 PM   #20
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Steve - Is that quote from the Silmarilion or something else JRR wrote?

DankNuggZ - I have to be open with you about this. I have never named a car before and wanted to come up with something that sounded mystical and powerful. I thought about dragons because I was considering a mural on the hood and found some really cool looking dragons. Ancalagon The Black sounded cool and my research found that he was a bad a$$ dude. The quote I found online when researching him but I really can't tell you where I found it. Finally, I have no middle earth background. I hope this is not a disappointment for you.
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Not a disappointment - always great to see Tolkien being appreciated
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Old 07-31-2010, 09:06 PM   #22
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Did you take the "slack" out of the drivetrain before you poured the coals to her?
It's quite a shock to the system if you don't.
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There was another similar thread to this. It turned out to be the bolts the connect the drive shaft to the yoke.
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Old 07-31-2010, 09:51 PM   #24
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That would very likely it the drive train was not tightened up prior to dropping the clutch. The slack could have done it.

At least it will be done for the 20th if that is the cause.

And we will know its not the car, bolts are easy to fix. Broken yokes and diff's are another story.
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Sucks man :(, I hope you get her fixed soon .
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