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81 chevy 308 rear end gear problems

Putting this rear end in 58 chevy truck, replaced seals and bearings inside pumpkin and when i turn the gears they tend to stick in one place. all the gear teeth are in great shape. how loosly should this turn by hand and can it be adjusted?

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  • Anonymous Nov 04, 2008

    when the pinion and ring gears turn ( the axle is off the truck on stands), they turn freely and smoothly until two teeth meet and the gears dont turn as freely. ( stick together momentarily) is there an easy way to adjust so there is no sticking problem? 4 other people told me dont worry about it and you drive it, the gears will wear better. the question is, is there an easy way to adjust this without taking it all apart again?

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    This is a posting about two weeks out do you have any resolve?

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The carrier should turn easily and not stick. you may want to try reversing the shims that are on the outside of the bearing races on the ends of the carrier. If that doesn't work you will need to get some other shims to try.......you can also grind the shim down a bit to get it the right size (if you got the parts used you are best off to keep the shims with the ring gear they were originally installed with.)
If you have any more probs or need more help post a comment here and i will get back to you. Good Luck!

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