Question about 2004 Ford F150
Sounds like something broke loose versus running over something. There are very few "spare" parts inside a differential. But some have shims, there are rollers in the bearings, and teeth can chip. Depending on whether you have a standard differential or a limited-slip style gives you more or less parts.
What you do not want is an axle shaft sliding out of the axle tube or loose parts breaking more internal parts. There is a possibility that visual inspection inside the housing once the differential pan is removed will give a clear indication of what broke.
But to be totally sure, even with a puncture from road debris, you need to know if teeth are chipped. You also need the proper replacement lube for your style of differential.
There is a very remote chance that full coverage car insurance may consider this Road Hazard damage. You would need a Certified Mechanic or Dealership to take your side.
Posted on Apr 22, 2013
Testimonial: "Thank you so much... The holes that are in it are coming out like something broke inside and knocked them out. What do you think could have broke and done that?"
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