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Old 07-18-2013, 10:40 PM
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Installed 3rd member, what a mess inside

9 inch ford, 3.50 set. Before I grunted it into place, I had a look inside the brand new rear axle. Holy cow what a mess of shavings in the banjo and tubes. If I hadn't taken a look I'd have ruined the gears in about a week. I spent half an hour cleaning the crud and flecks out of it. Washed it all out, blew it dry and then vacuumed it out. With all the folds, welds, hiding places.... I hope I got it all.

Major name rear end manufacturer... I'm amazed they could send something out like that.

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Old 07-19-2013, 07:37 AM
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They don't clean them out before they ship them to you. You wouldn't build an engine with a new block without completely cleaning it first would you? They expect the customer to do a complete cleaning before assembly.
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I hope they would clean them out if you bought a complete rear end assembly. Good thing you looked - I wouldn't have expected all that crud in a new housing. I see Big Gear Head's point, but I had not thought of it that way before.
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Old 07-19-2013, 10:45 AM
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They clean them out if you buy a complete assembled rear end. If you just buy a housing or housing and axle package then you clean it out yourself.
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They don't clean them out before they ship them to you. You wouldn't build an engine with a new block without completely cleaning it first would you? They expect the customer to do a complete cleaning before assembly.
Ditto! I use a foaming degreaser to clean out the case and tubes, seems to work well, floating out a lot of crud. Swab out the tubes with an old sponge soaked in degreaser. Simple Green works excellant for this. I then hit the whole housing with the pressure washer. Used to take them to the local coin op car wash before I got my own PW...
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I wish you had posted pictures of the mess and also sent copies to whoever is in charge at that company.That kind of sloppiness will cost them lost profits from warranty replacements and customers they will lose because of the shoddy work done by their employees With the power of the internet spreading the word it can make or break a company.
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Old 07-19-2013, 03:56 PM
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I wish you had posted pictures of the mess and also sent copies to whoever is in charge at that company.That kind of sloppiness will cost them lost profits from warranty replacements and customers they will lose because of the shoddy work done by their employees With the power of the internet spreading the word it can make or break a company.
With the third pinch of trash I picked out I thought it was a bit excessive. It shows they didn't even blow the chips out when they were done. I didn't expect shiny-clean but really, I'd never send something like this out of my shop. I vacuumed before I washed and wiped to save on shop towels.

As far as the word of mouth/internet thing. Na. This is a well established company not likely to be phased by one guy on a forum.
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I use a lot of spray Brake Clean spray after I get all the big stuff out,then blow it out with air,there are times it seams, cleaning the housing and all the other pieces takes longer than setting the gear up!
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