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Check your retaining clips/ clip grooves

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How to rebuild dana 60 front?

Fully rebuild, or partial rebuild? Pinion, ring, spider gears, pumpkin, bearings? Rebuilding it FULLY and PROPERLY is a big story, one too big to relate here, and it takes quite a lot of special tooling (differential spreader, dial indicators, etc). Please don't attempt this unless you have a well equipped shop.

If you just need to replace the spider gears, that's easy. Drain the oil, remove the cover, rotate the pumpkin until you can unbolt the crosspin. Push/pull the crosspin out, rotate the spider gears until they come out. Remove the side gears. Remove all four thrust washers.

Replace all four thrust washers, then the new side gears, then mesh the new spider gears with the side gears & rotate them into place. If the crosspin hole won't line up, rotate one axle shaft until it does. Install the new crosspin and bolt it in. Replace the cover gasket and cover, refill.

Going further requires a LOT more work, but you'll need to remove the spider & side gears first anyway. If you're replacing bearings or the pumpkin or the ring & pinion, you'll need a bunch of new shims to work with until you can get the ring-pinion clearance exactly right. You'll also need a differential spreader to get enough space to remove/install the pumpkin with its bearings in place. If you're replacing the pinion gear, you'll need to take some painfully exact measurements or you'll NEVER get the ring/pinion clearances correct.

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When changing the rear pinion seal on my 2004 dodge ram 1500 4x4 i found that the pinion nut had loosend

Sounds like you didn't tighten it FAR enough to bring the ring and pinion gears to a match point. If it's making noise on the power up side of the gears..... I'll not explain, you may not understand. Anyway, lift the rear tires off ground and pull the driveshaft loose from the rear. You'll find there's play/slop in the yoke when you turn it back and forth. Lock the tires and tighten the nut until there's practically no play whatsoever. Play must be just barely discernable to have enough backlash in the ring and pinion, and since your not pulling the rear plate/cover to check backlash with a piece of paper between the gears, this is the only way to do it. And if it's been loose for a long time, even with correct backlash, it will still make a bit of noise until the teeth reset to proper wear position.

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Rear end slack

i would think ring and pinion before spider gear

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Why is it when i turn the rear wheels lock up like a positive traction?

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Apr 14, 2011 | 1996 Chevrolet C/K 3500

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Mixed up rod bearing caps any soiutions

No special tools needed to tear down the D30 other than a 13mm 12 point socket to remove the hubs and a punch to remove the cross shaft pin in the carrier if you're removing the spider gears. Drain the oil and check to see if there is any metal flakes in it. Check the spider gears, ring gear and pinion for chips and/or chunks missing. IF you remove the carrier from the housing make sure that you you don't mix up the bearing caps & cups and keep them on their proper sides. My other truck had a grinding noise coming from the rear about a year ago and it ended up being the pinion that was missing 2 teeth.

Had to get the gears re-done at a shop.

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Hi I have a 1996 gt legacy wagon it has a noisy rear diff how do I check the ratio of that diff so I can match up a new secondhand one as I've put a new one in there but is the wrong ratio

there should be a tag on the diff cover. do you still have old one count the teeth when dealing with diff gears you have too replace all of them ring,pinion & spider they grove too each other if you add 1 new gear it will make lots of noise

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Hate to tell you this, but if you can't get the gears out, you will not be able to replace them correctly
(except perhaps the spider gears) Setting up a differential gear set is an exact science involving careful measuring with dial indicators and torque settings. If you don't do this perfectly, whatever you replace will quickly self-destruct. This applies to bearing replacement as well.
You will be better served by replacing the diff "drum to drum" with a unit form a scrapyard. There your only concern will be exactly matching the tooth count on the ring and pinion gears. That's my best advice.
To get your gears out, remove both axles by removing spider gear cross shaft and the "c" clips that retain the axles, then unbolt the two carrier bearing saddles. The center unit should easily pry out of the housing.

Sep 18, 2009 | 1998 Dodge Durango

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Rear end noise and seizing now

Sounds like one of two things is happening
1). the spider gears are binding
2). the ring gear is binding on the pinion

Check the pinion gear bolt for tightness first, then check for excessive end play. Make sure you have the correct fluid for your rear end type (limited slip takes one type, semi-posi takes another type and even sometimes reguires an additive) Hope this helps.

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1990 jeep wrangler rear end "bang" noise then jeep would move,

Could be several things. Does the rear drive shaft have any play in it? If so, could be that the spider gears, ring gear, or pinion gear or bearing have disintegrated. If it was the pinion or ring, it will cost several hundred dollars for the new ring gear and setup. It is not a part you will be able to install yourself.

Jun 28, 2009 | 1990 Jeep Wrangler

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