Mud in my Veins
Join Date: Oct 1999
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Re: Need your help
Your pinion bearings probably starved and nuked the pinion shaft and very likely the housing too. It doesn't matter much if the housing is trashed because it's going to be cheaper to replace the whole rear end rather than have a shop rebuild it if anything in there is busted. Have it towed to your house and go get a new rear, if it is indeed an axle problem and not a t-case or tranny issue. What's probably happening is the pinion is now flopping around due to worn bearings and it's getting cocked when you give it torque, but when you're in neutral the ring gear can still spin it well enough that the truck will still roll at low speeds. Definitely don't try to drive it, no matter where the problem is I don't see how it will be any different with the rear shaft removed. Go ahead and call around to some yards to get prices on 8.8" rear ends... they'll probably be half the price of what the shop will quote to rebuild it, since you'll need gears and probably new bearings throughout. I wish you luck for a cheap diagnosis, though! [img]images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]