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How do i repair a loose pinion shaft and leaking seal on my 2000 chev 1500 pu

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On my 2000 dodge ram 1500 quad cab 4x4 5.9 can I go into to the yoke area to replace the bearing and race instead of tearing into the front I have the Dana 44 spicer front end please let me know email me at OIIIO4x4@gmail.com

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The reason the pinion shaft is loose - the bearings are worn out. This is a job that needs to be performed by someone that has the proper tools, measuring equipment and experiance as there are critical settings that have to be right. The axels and gears have to be removed to replace bearings, also the other bearings maybe worn - a experianced eye will help.
If you haven't replaced bearings before, I advise you have someone help you that has the tools and experiance - you can learn while you help them. You can buy manuals that will give you step -by- step instructions, settings and tools needed to do the job, I would still advise you have help.

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