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Old 05-31-2013, 08:12 AM   #1
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Rolling with Differential Open

I will be replacing my rear pinion seal and bearings next weekend on my Dana 35 rear end, but would like to get things taken apart one day this weekend. Is it OK to push the Jeep back in the garage once the rear differential is open? If the drive shaft is removed from the yoke, and the cover is off with no oil in it, can I still push it a few feet without damaging the gears? I really only want to get inside and inspect everything to give myself time to get anything else I might need before the install next weekend.
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Old 05-31-2013, 09:06 AM   #2
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I will be replacing my rear pinion seal and bearings next weekend on my Dana 35 rear end, but would like to get things taken apart one day this weekend. Is it OK to push the Jeep back in the garage once the rear differential is open? If the drive shaft is removed from the yoke, and the cover is off with no oil in it, can I still push it a few feet without damaging the gears? I really only want to get inside and inspect everything to give myself time to get anything else I might need before the install next weekend.
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If you are just removing the driveshaft and the diff cover to drain out the fluid, then you wont have any problems pushing the vehicle in and out of the garage. The vehicle is not going to be moving far enough, fast enough or long enough to cause damage to the diff. besides there will be some residual lubricant on the gears to help lubricate them enough for the vehicle to be pushed a few feet.

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I agree with MF on this, you can move it back a few feet without the oil but don't go for a ride with it....
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forgive me for not knowing the answer to this but, isn't the pinion and the yoke put together in a certain way so it is balanced? Wouldn't it mess up the alignment on the yoke / pinion connection some, so that you would have to roll the jeep to get them to line up again?
I agree it will not hurt the diff. only cause some issue with re-alignment of the parts when you put them back together
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