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Jeep wheel bearings and rear carrier bearings

Hi I am replcing my left wheel bearing on my 98 jeep Dana 35, with 150,000km on it. I was told I should check the carrier bearings while I am at it. I have dropped the tail shaft and rotated the diff gears. I can not feel any grinding. How hard is it to tell if they need replacing their appears to be little noise only gears moving due to no oil suppressing that noise.

any help please

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As long as the diff itself was not noisy and there aren't a bunch of metal flakes floating in the lube, I suggest you pretty much leave the carrier alone. Just do the axle work, use good lube in there and be done with it.

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