top of page

Cracked Spindles

By Norman Nock

Originally published in the Austin-Healey Magazine, November 1998

The picture of the left front spindle from a BN2 at the top looks quite innocent at first glance, but its owner must be gifted with ESP or has great timing. He decided to have his hubs removed and checked for cracks.

We removed both spindles and proceeded to clean and wet magna flux them, revealing the cracks pictured here in the center photo. Needless to say, had the cracks worsened, breaking the spindle, the results could have been disastrous let alone expensive.

Donald Healey spoke many times on the importance of checking hubs and spindles for cracks and in this case it really paid off.

Fortunately, new spindles, as shown in the bottom photo are available, having the advantage of being some forty years younger, designed and produced with modern technology and materials.

If you notice cracks in your spindles or hubs you should most definitely take corrective measures immediately.

Not what you were looking for? Don't forget you can check our back issues using the AHCUSA Magazine Index.

9 views0 comments

Recent Posts

See All

Sagging Rear End

By Ken Walsh Originally published in the Austin-Healey Magazine A quick and easy way to check your Healey for "tired" springs is to measure the distance from ground level to the top of wheel arch as s

Rear Spring U-Bolts

By Gary Anderson Originally published in the Austin-Healey Magazine, December 1991 If you hear a dull clunk from the vicinity of one or both the rear wheels when you start off from a stop, it could be

Rear Spring Replacement

By Tom Mason Originally published in the Austin-Healey Magazine, December 1992 One of the clearest signs of shot rear leaf springs is that the body sags in the rear and the car sits down on its tires


Commenting has been turned off.
bottom of page