Originally Posted by Jerry Bransford
They're trying to screw you with that $1500 estimate. Really.
$500-$600 max is all I'd pay for that (which includes all parts and labor) and less than that if the pinion gear itself is ok so only new bearings are needed. It only costs $1000-1200 max to replace the ring & pinion gears and all new bearings in both axles. I paid less than $1100 for my last regearing for BOTH axles and that was in a high labor rate area. That included all new gears, bearings, shims, and labor.
Go to any 4x4 shop that regears axles and tell them you just need the rear differential rebuilt with new gears and bearings and tell them to only change the gears out if there is actually a problem with them that can't be fixed with new bearings. You might get away with just new bearings which is not a major job. Worst case you also need new ring & pinion gears so the worst case $$$ should be no more than about $600 total for the rear axle.
83504946 - pinion seal $14
4720895AB - pinion nut $13
5252508 - pinion bearing (front) $46.70
5252507 - pinion bearing (rear) $56.25
J3175779 - sleeve $5.50
J8126500 - side bearings $79.50
4761678AB - R&P kit $604.10
Labor (8 hrs @ $75/hr) $600
Tax $23.34 w/out gears or $73.17 with gears
pinion bearings $150
side bearings $130
oil & sealer $100
labor (6hrs @ $65/hr) $390
After telling him I saw light pitting on the rear spider gears when I changed the oil this weekend, he said to allow $1500. He can't get to it for at least 3 weeks. Yes, 3 weeks.
The 3rd guy hasn't looked at it yet. He assumes he can fix it early next week once he looks at it & we discuss things.
I live in a VERY rural area and choices are slim when it comes to someone who knows what they are doing. We have a lot of mechanics out here but few specialists. Sometimes I think people out here (not just mechanics) overbid harder jobs because there is so much easy, low-hanging fruit that they don't have to mess around with the harder things.
I'm frazzled at the moment and, frankly, tired of being screwed.