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Rear end I need a new rear end in my '01 Dodge Ram 1500. The Dodge dealership estimated $1600. Another mechanic said they didn't include some parts needed and it would really be more like $2000. He said he could do it for $1400 ($950 for a used rear end from junk yard + labor & oil). But he wants to change it to a "non positive traction". He told me the rear end from the junk yard is $950. Another mechanic got a price from a junk yard of $450! Or he could probably fix it for $350, depending on what he finds when he opens it, but even if it needs a new ring and pinion it should be under $500. He also says you don't need a dial indicator to install, and the expensive mechanic says you do. I'm a girl and don't know anything and who to believe. Help!

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  • cvt2 Mar 11, 2009

    Oh, and it's a 4WD...



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Hey there.Im a manager at a auto recycling yard.Prices depend on how many miles the rearend has and condition.You yourself can call yard and get a price quote on a used one and even buy it yourself,then have a garage install it.You will cut out the middle man and save some money.There is a metal tag on the rearend that is bolted on with the cover that has your ratio on it.It will be a 3.55,3.92 or a 4.10 ratio.Changing the ring, pinion gears,and carrier is possible but will require new bearings throughtout.I would compare costs/warrantys for both jobs and go will your gut from there.John.

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