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Old 07-20-2009, 08:56 AM
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How much should it cost to fix a howling rear end?

One shop just estimated it to be around $500-$600 is that high because I think it is but I don't have any knowledge of where the price range should be.

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What type of vehicle are we talking about? The price range you quoted is within reason for most passenger cars.

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Does it need a ring and pinion, or just bearings, or both?
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I don't know what it needs, but its a 85 chevy monte carlo and I just got the rear end gears changed.
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who did the change? It sounds like the gear were improperly intsalled, to tight most likely.
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Seems right in the ball park as Vince stated. A normal Brg job normally is $400ish with axle Brg's and seal's.Add a gear set and your $575ish.
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Lots of busy work labor in that job so that price doesn't look out of line at all.
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most ppl dont realize what all is involved in tearing the carrier out and setting up the backlash and end play and so on in most rear axles

it is tedious and time consuming and usually requires reinstalling the unit several times to get it all set correctly

if you dont then you will have incorrect backlash and other se3ttings in which will cause failure or noise either acceleration or coasting/deceleration.

requires some tools such as dial indicator and such,.

some ppl can do it easily and have done so mamny they can do it blindfolded

most ppl it takes some time and patience and several attempts.

it is something i will never attempt

if you can find a rear out of a yard with the ratio you want for less than this much then i would go that way unless the car is a show car maybe

you may be able to find someone locally to do it for less if you ask the local race car track guys, go there during a race some night and ask around.

there should be at least several well known local ppl who do this everyday for ppl


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Trouble with taking it to a shop is many mechanics have no idea how to do it right. I have been burned a couple times by taking a set of gears to an 'expert' only having to redo it myself. If you have a few basic shop tools - $9 Harbor Freight dial indicator, $20 Harbor Freight 1/2" click torque wrench, cheapie inch-pound torque wrench and a Harbor Freight $80 - $140 hydraulic press, setting a set of gears is not beyond anyone's technical ability. Just takes patience but trust me it ain't brain surgery.
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