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I have had the front differential apart on the truck and I know all the bearing on the inside are good on the truck, there is just some play in the gears in the hub and some in the gears in the differential itself
The side play ( gear clearance) in the diff unit will not affect anything as they only work on changing direction ( turning corners) or in a bog. Unless you have planetary gears in the hubs then what you are feeling will be the axle spline clearance in the side gears in the diff.
Posted on Jan 02, 2014
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
That works fine on a relatively new vehicle but one that has run in salt etc you'll save a lot of time if you remove the steering knuckle completey by separating lower ball joint and outer tie rod end ball joint and bring the whole steering knuckle to a bench to separate the hub/bearing. Soak everything with penetrant, loosen the bolts a few turns and try hitting right on the bolt heads. I also made a very sharp wedge from a chisel and rammed it hard on the other side to seoarate the hub. It will finally come apart then you'll see all the **** that was binding it due to an alumininum knuckle re-acting with a steel hub. Clean the hole and grease everything and fit new bearings
Posted on Feb 15, 2009
Here is the easiest way . take a 14mm socket and extentsion and place it on the bolts and place againt your axle tube and start your truck and turn your wheel against it instead of pounding you will use your powersteering like a press to get your hub out its quicker and less strenous than pounding on the bolts ive done this many times i even made a extentsion for it i use a 14mm 1/2 drive shallow socket and a extension thats about 4 inches long i know im posting late on this one but if it helps anyone out then great
Posted on Nov 09, 2009
The diff is part of the trans axle automatic transmission assembly and is not a separate part that can be removed.
Posted on Oct 10, 2012
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