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Can not get the cage off of the rear end of a dodge ram 2001 1500 2 wheel drive

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  • Wilma Ratliff
    Wilma Ratliff Mar 27, 2011

    THANKS ALOT STEVE. I WISH YOU COULD BE HERE TO FIX IT TOO. I'VE BEEN TRYING FOR THREE DAYS TO GET IT OFF. AGAIN THANKS FOR YOUR HELP.

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If you have the rear differental housing cover, if you check the center of the 3rd member housing ,you will locate a shaft that runs through the center of the housing ,that has the spider gears at the top and bottom. That shaft is held in with a small bolt on the side [5/16 wrench to remove] ..Once the bolt is removed, position the 3rd member to let the
shaft fall out. Once the shaft is removed try to keep from turning the 3rd member or the spiders will fall out...Go to each wheel and push in on the out side of the wheel axle to remove the "C" clip inside the 3rd member and slade axle back to clear third member . Repeat the same on the other axle and that should allow you to remove the third member after the 4 bolts are
removed on the side bearings. Let me know if that helps

Posted on Mar 27, 2011

Testimonial: "did all that but only moves about 1/2 inch and stop."

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  • steve Mar 27, 2011

    Is the vehicle in neutral? Try turning the drive shaft as you remove the 3rd member.. Also are the axles slid back far enough to clear. Be carefull not to let the unit fall out . It is very heavy , and a trip to the hospital wold be bad. Maybe you need to carefully pry on the housing to get it out. Hope that will help. Let me know and thanks for the positive reply

  • Wilma Ratliff
    Wilma Ratliff Mar 27, 2011

    I HAVE DONE ALL OF THE FOLLOWING BUT IT ONLY MOVES ABOUT 1/2 INCH AND STOPS. HAVE NO CLUE AS TO WHAT TO DO NOW WITH OUT DESTROYING EVERYTHING INSIDE. If you have the rear differental housing cover, if you check the center of the 3rd member housing ,you will locate a shaft that runs through the center of the housing ,that has the spider gears at the top and bottom. That shaft is held in with a small bolt on the side [5/16 wrench to remove] ..Once the bolt is removed, position the 3rd member to let the
    shaft fall out. Once the shaft is removed try to keep from turning the 3rd member or the spiders will fall out...Go to each wheel and push in on the out side of the wheel axle to remove the "C" clip inside the 3rd member and slade axle back to clear third member . Repeat the same on the other axle and that should allow you to remove the third member after the 4 bolts are
    removed on the side bearings.

  • Wilma Ratliff
    Wilma Ratliff Mar 27, 2011

    THE DRIVESHAFT IS OUT N THE AXLES ARE OUT BUT WHEN I PULL ON THE CAGE IT SOUNDS LIKE IT HITS SOMETHING HARD.

  • steve Mar 27, 2011

    OK...Sounds like you have done a great job so far . The only thing that I can think of to do is the bearing race is froze in the differntial housing and may require some heat or extra effort to remove. Although you said the housing comes ou a short distance. Seems like the 3rd member is loose . Please recheck that the axles are removed . Go ahead and slowly turn the 3rd member ro spin the spider gears out , but pay close attention to the location of the gears and the shims ,so you can reinstall proper. Once the spider gears and shims are removed ,all that should remain are the ringgear and the 3rd member housing with both bearings on each side in the differental housing. the pinion gear on the front of the differenal housing does not have to be removed to remove the 3rd member. You have done all the right things and wish I could put my hands on to get you the rest of the way..
    steve

  • steve Mar 27, 2011

    I aint givin up yet. If you will send me a pic of it to my e-mail then give me 5 minutes and call me at 316-253-9445..We gonna fix this...Dont send to my phone ,cause I dont have that. email to :backlashse@hotmail.com
    dont give up on me and if you cant send a picture just call. that is my personal phone

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