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Old 07-31-2011, 10:10 PM   #1
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Front diff.

I think I wiped a bearing in my front diff. Wondering if I should try to replace it myself or take it to a shop. 01 TJ, Dana 30 front. What do you think a reasonable price would be? Opinions on how long I can drive with it clanking on take off before I screw up something else? Looking for opinions. Thanks

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Old 08-01-2011, 12:40 AM   #2
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Nobody ever have this done? These things can't be magic. Think I might learn how to do diffs for a side job... Was hoping to get an idea of what I was in for, either money or effort wise.

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Old 08-01-2011, 02:49 PM   #3
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Well, I guess my next post will be " This is what happens when you drive with a bad diff bearing for a week." Need it for work, shops afraid of diffs it seems. Have to wait till the weekend.
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Old 08-01-2011, 03:09 PM   #4
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Yeah, diff gears are the brain surgery of auto-repair. Alot of smaller "jack of all trades" shops won't touch them. Your best bet is probably to find a 4wd parts store and garage. They often service what they sell, and have a couple people on staff who are good with diffs.

Just know going into it that they may not just change a bearing, or may not offer warranty on their work if you insist that just the bearing gets changed. The shims wear down, and tolerances change as parts age. A new bearing may require additional work to get the alignment set right again.
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Is it a bad carrier bearing or pinion bearing?
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Pinion bearing, I think. No expert, been reading up on it because I haven't found a shop yet that wants to deal with it.

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