Originally Posted by jpdocdave
sounds like the pinion nut could have come loose to. has anyone replaced the seal lately?
i'd say you can pull the cover and take a look before you do anything else. if the teeth on the gears are still there, and not sharpened or anything you'll be ok. if there's metal shavings the bearings are probably done. but the bearings are easier to replace than the ring and pinion.
to specify... over time you will accumulate a few metal shavings. it should be pretty common sensy to tell whether you have a few shavings, or you gears are totally shot to hell
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