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If it was worn enough to cause a problem you would feel the change in resistance slack. But worn chains are not usually a problem.
Now this ain't going to make you feel any better this time bu will save a lot of trouble next time.
Skid plate removal may be necessary but cross member is not required for drive line removal. Though it is easier, it is not even necessary for transfer case or overdrive removal.
Spreading the frame is absolutely the wrong way to remove it.
The correct way is to:
Raise the back of trani to near floor board.
Remove hold down brackets on brake lines and hold fuel lines near crossmember.
Push/tap the crossmember UP about 2 inches. It its in a taper in the frame. Pushing it UP release it and it slides back easily if you have not bent it badly pounding on it previously.
Drive line bolts can be easily removed by doing the front first so you can rotate and putting a bar through the yoke to hold it where you want it and doing the transfer case end bolts on the top side with a socket and wobbly extension 3/8.
You can do almost everything on these trucks yourself, but be sure and hit us up here first for tips and instructions. It will save you a lot of time, pain, heartache and money.
Anyway let me know if it holds or comes back.
99 2500, Quad cab, 4x4 47RE, BD pressure lock on it, small BD 90/140 chip on the VP 44 connection plug, 17" 3rd gen wheels. 3.55 diffs. Ruenell front bumper and warn winch, Rancho adj shocks. 663k miles.
Last edited by bigfish95971; 02-17-2020 at 11:31 PM.