23E035 Axle Pinion Tail Bearing Seizure – Spicer Ultimate Dana 60 Bracketless Crate Axles – Jeep Wrangler

April 24, 2023 NHTSA CAMPAIGN NUMBER: 23E035000

Axle Pinion Tail Bearing Seizure

Insufficient lubrication may cause the pinion tail bearing to seize, preventing the axle from rotating and increasing the risk of a crash.


NHTSA Campaign Number: 23E035

Manufacturer Dana Incorporated

Components POWER TRAIN

Potential Number of Units Affected 11



Dana Incorporated (Dana) is recalling certain Spicer Ultimate Dana 60 Bracketless Crate Axles sold for Jeep Wrangler vehicles. The axel suspension bracket may prevent sufficient lubrication from reaching the pinion tail bearings.



Dana will replace the axles, free of charge. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed May 3, 2023. Owners may contact Dana customer service at 1-419-887-3000.



Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.nhtsa.gov.


Chronology :

In or about February 2023, Dana received two customer reports regarding issues with their axles. Dana investigated the reports, and determined that both axles were manufactured in the same lot. Upon further investigation, Dana identified the same issue in two other axles in its possession manufactured in the same lot, as well as root cause: an operator did not use an available checking fixture that would have detected the issue. Dana promptly assessed the potential consequence of the issue, and as a result of its evaluation, makes this report in an abundance of caution.


1 Affected Product




2 Associated Documents

Defect Notice 573 Report

RCLRPT-23E035-1720.PDF 213.897KB



Recall Acknowledgement

RCAK-23E035-7440.pdf 742.651KB



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