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Old 07-03-2014, 12:53 PM
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Rear end damage..can I fix it?

This is my neighbors truck and was making loud noises from the rear end so I popped the cover off.
Found alot of metal shavings and what looks like a stripped...gear??

I have never done rear end work before just simple engine stuff, is the an easy enough fix? I would not even know what the broken parts are called to find replacements.
Could someone offer me some information about what parts you see broken here.
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i call them spider gears.. i'm sure there is a real name for them. but it can be fixed. it's fairly straight forward.. first u got to pull the axles by pushing them in and removing the "C" clips, then pulling the other gears out. just take your time and pay attention or take pic's as u go. i've never need to replace any gears, but i'm sure u can buy them or at least a bone yard.. the easiest was is the bone yard and get the whole rear and replace it..
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When it is that bad you will need it all..Maybe be better off to just go to car-part.com and find a good one.. If you do not even know the names of the parts then you are better off that way or take it to a rear end shop to have re-built.. Takes a certain skill level plus the proper tools to build one of those..

Not saying you can't learn how but expect to spend some bucks on the learning curve..

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At this point it needs totally rebuilt with new bearings. With that much metal gone, some of it has made it to the bearings.
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Thanks guys, I did do some research and confirmed I need a "spider gear set".

There was defiantly a good amount of metal in there but I still might just try to replace the broken gears for this guy and get him back on the road.(hopefully)


Seems I have to remove the rear brakes, clips, move axles, drop pin, work gears out in a pattern then work new ones back in using reverse pattern. I need experience with rear end work for MY chevy so it's a win win.
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Old 07-03-2014, 04:09 PM
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First you need to know what rear end it is. Looks like the 8.5 10 bolt to me, but you MUST know exactly what it is before you can get parts for it. The year is also very important.

Contact Randy's Ring & Pinion for the parts. They have complete gear sets with thrust washers, cross shaft and retaining bolt. The gears on the sides are the axle gears and the smaller gears are the pinion gears.

First you need to remove the retaining bolt and then slide the cross shaft out. Then you can push the axles in to remove the c clips. After that you can rotate one of the axle gears so that the pinion gears will come out the windows in the case. Be sure to get all of the thrust washers out. Most of the time the axle gear thrust washers will stick inside the case and they can be hard to remove.
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I have to take the rear brakes off and remove a clip on each side that allows me to move the axles after I take the bolt and pin out correct?
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I have to take the rear brakes off and remove a clip on each side that allows me to move the axles after I take the bolt and pin out correct?
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If a learning experience is what ur after, why not get a book and the proper tools and rebuild the entire thing. Particularly if ur neighbor is footing the parts bill? Just replacing the gears is throwing good money after bad as you WILL be tearing it back down is short order. Like it was mentioned, with that much metal floating around in the rear, it would be, almost, impossible to get it all out of both the rear, and more importantly, out of the bearings. THEY ARE GOING TO FAIL! Just a matter of when.

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yep i agree rear end rebearing kits are quite reasonable and worth the time .
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