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Old 04-02-2003, 02:12 PM
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Came home tonight and when back to torque my loose pinion nut. Before torquing i turned the yoke and found like to no resistence. torqued to 50 ft/lb still no resist. Torqued to 100 ft/lb Still no resistence. After reinstalled the drive shaft I took a ride to check it out. The rear gears seemed to be a tap louder than before. But before I tightened it the gears where quiet while accelerating but you could hear them sing while slowing down. So does any one just any thoughts? Should I drive it to work in the am and hope for the best? Thanks Ben

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Unit needs to come clear down for a rebuild back to specs.

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Have to agree with willys, doesn't sound good.

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[quote]Should I drive it to work in the am and hope for the best? <hr></blockquote>

You will be taking a small chance but likely the damage/wear is already done, just don't be putting a heavy load on her. If you have ever munched a ring gear before you would know you never want to hear that sound again. Rebuild at your earliest opportunity.

Think of it this way, she needs some "drag" gears anyway.
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Whos got good gears cheap any suggestions?
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Well I don't know how they compare pricewise but I used these guys when I bought all the parts to overhaul my rear. They came highly recommended from other mechanics I've worked with and I thought their service was excellent. You can check out their website here...<a href="http://www.reiderracing.com/" target="_blank">Reider Racing Inc.</a>

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Well I made it to work this morning. I think I might have mistaken noise coming from new tires that were just installed. It seemed as though it was not as bad as it seemed yesterday. The noise I heard was probably due to the fact that when I drove home yesterday (before torqueing to 100ft/lb) the pinion nut might have had been only torqued to 20ft/lbs if that. When I got here this am I climbed under and felt the diff in the area where the bearing is and it was barely warm to the touch. I'll keep my eyes on it for now as money is tight and will plan on rebuilding the old girl in the near future. Luckly I have a parts truck that I can rape the rear end from to rebuild so I wouldn't have to go back to my winter beater. ben
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