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Chewed up spider gear in front diff..caused by??
Heard some noises coming from the front diff, and began to investigate. Pulled the dip stick out of my mag hytec cover and it had metal shards all over it. Drained the oil... Magnetic drain plug looked like a christmas tree. Pulled diff cover off to find drivers side spider gear all chewed up (will post pictures tomorrow). Luckily no other damage is seen. Been having a slow oil leak out that side ever since i put in new seals. Truck has been hit on the passenger side wheel before but the drivers side rim was damaged from being pushed over and hitting a curb. Now it has 28k miles. All ball joints have been replaced, Passenger axle, and both spindles. passenger seal and drivers(x2). What could have caused this? Does my axle shaft have a bend to it causing a vibration that ate the gear or do i have a bent axle housing tube. How can i check the tube? I read using a straight edge and tape measure but it didnt make much sense to me. Axle did not leak when i put it together and centered it in the tube using some wood shims. (left if for 24 hrs) However when i completed the assembly by putting the axle in the hub and setting the truck down back on its wheels i begin to see a leak. Not sure if i should buy a driver side axle shaft, spider gears, and new seal and try again and see if that fixes my problem...or did my axle tube bend from the pumpkin (all the welds are there and dont see anything that would look like it was broken) and now i will need to find someone in MI who can straighten the axle and have it trussed.
07.5 Silver 3500 SRW Laramie.20x10 MOZ Black Jack,35-12.5 Toyo M/T,HBS 2.5" lvl,Bushwacker Pocket style,Truxedo LoPro,SRT-10 Hood,H&S EGR/Cooler delete, 5" SS TBE 6" Tip,Black Maxx,AFE Stage 2 Mega Cannon,AFE Intercooler Outlet Tube
Last edited by tkrules19; 11-10-2009 at 01:28 AM.