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I just replaced the ring gear and pinion and all the bearings in my 2000 chevy silverado with an 8.6 rear end and i am leakin fluid around the pinion seal and it is new do i have to put silicone around the splines to seal it

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If the pinion is not tight enough,and the pinion moves up,and down and side ways then you need to set the pion up with another crush sleave.

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