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Old 05-02-2010, 01:52 PM
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Can the Pinion be causing my problem?

I've been have this problem in my front differential and finally had some time to take her apart today and look at it. I have a aussie locker in there and it's been making this clanking sound lately. I got it apart and noticed that my pinion is pretty chewed up but the ring appears to be fine.

Also can I drive without my front differential in? I need to get it back on the road until I can order whatever is needed. I was planning on putting the shafts back in and bolting them in without the diff/locker.

Appreciate the help

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I wouldn't put the axels back in without the carrier. Just put the diff cover back on and you should be fine to drive it as is until you can replace your ring and pinion. I've never seen a pinion with marks like that on it. It must have been hitting your carrier. Does the pinion have any in and out play on it and can you find what it has been contacting?

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What do you mean don't put the axles in? Won't be able to drive it without them in there. And the carrier is what's making the noise so I don't want to drive it with it in there.
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Sorry. Let me clarify. You can drive without the inner shafts. Just leave the outers in place and stuff a rag into the tube. If you put the entire shaft in without the carrier to support the end of them, the shafts will spin on the insides of the tubes. Nothing good will come from that.
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Sorry. Let me clarify. You can drive without the inner shafts. Just leave the outers in place and stuff a rag into the tube. If you put the entire shaft in without the carrier to support the end of them, the shafts will spin on the insides of the tubes. Nothing good will come from that.
Thanks that's what I figured you were talking about just wanted to clarify
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Also, without the outer stubs installed, the unit bearing will fail very quickly, anywhere from 100 yds to 2 miles. Then your wheel will fall off! This would suck at speed.
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what did your carrier bearings and races look like? From the look of your second pic I'd guess that those bearings are the cause of the problem. I'm going trough a similar problem in the rear axle. I galled a bearing and spun the race ruining the axle housing.

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