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Ring and pinion has alot of play

I can rotate the rear wheel on my 1999 suzuki grand vitara approx. 3 inches before the driveshaft moves. is there an adjustment for the ring and pinion if i pull the center section out

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  • dave vanhorn May 23, 2009

    i read somewhere on line that the rear has threaded bearing adjusters. is this what i need to adjust if this info i read is correct or is it the pinion that needs to be adjusted. car has only 64,000 miles.

  • dave vanhorn May 29, 2009

    took center section out. ring and pinion were fine. turns out that the cross-pin for the spider gears had broken in two and caused the spider gears to get chewed up. can't find one in the junk yards. new to replace the spiders cross-pins and the carrier ( it cracked at the roll pins that keep the cross-pin in place) $567.00 ouch !!!!!

  • dave vanhorn May 30, 2009

    its my daughters car. no junk yards around here have any vitaras unfortunately. but im still looking thanks

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Pinion shimming is needed

Posted on May 23, 2009

  • frank thomas wilson
    frank thomas wilson May 23, 2009

    The threaded adjusters rarely are the culprit when this happens. I really don't think it will help your case for you have too much play. What level is the fluid and is it burnt also

  • frank thomas wilson
    frank thomas wilson May 30, 2009

    I am surprised you did not hear a big bang when this happened. They sound like a shot gun blasting off doing 20 MPH when they pop apart. A used rear axle is your next best choice with a 90 day guarantee

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