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post #1 of (permalink) Old 09-15-2003, 01:30 PM
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Hello everyone. I think i blew out my rear end yesterday. My rear pumpkin leaked fluids in the freeway without me noticing and eventually damaged something. While pulling aside it I hear loud crunching noises every roll. When i put it in drive, it wont move so I know its shot. I can still roll the truck in neutral so I know its not totally locked up.

Here is my question. I need to tow this to the shop which will cost me a bit since its far. How do i disconnect the rear so I can drive it with the front wheels? I am not an expert mechanic so let me know as well if its a bit over my head and I should just pay for the tow.

Appreciate any input you can give.

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post #2 of (permalink) Old 09-15-2003, 01:38 PM
 
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There should be just 4 bolts on the back of the drive shaft (I believe these to be 12-put bolt heads) and maybe some on the front (near the t-case). Should be pretty simple to figure out once you get down there to look. Just make sure you lock in the t-case and hubs, that is if the rear tires will turn.

By doing this, depending on what the problem is, you might further break something, so take caution.
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<font color="blue">Mateorr</font color> is right. You can pull the rear DS by removing 8 bolts, but that doesn't mean you won't damage your axles/rear-end/housing more by rolling it without the DS, or worse, having it lock-up on you while driving.

Best to have it flat-bedded or trailered to the shop.
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post #4 of (permalink) Old 09-15-2003, 02:35 PM
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Thanks for all the advice. I will just have it towed tomorrow morning. Better be safe then more broke!! hehe
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If it still rolls in neutral it's not the rear end (most likely).

That'd be the tranny me thinks.

With the tranny in neutral and parking brake set can you detect any play at the rear pinion?
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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]
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Go ahead and call around to some yards to get prices on 8.8" rear ends

[/ QUOTE ] Pah! Go with a 9" if you have to buy a whole new rear axle anyway.
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Now you guys are scaring me. I'm preparing myself on eating cup a soup for the rest of the year.
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as long as you dont have anything other than the stock gears in it you can get a whole rear with the same gearing (3.50 ect) fairly reasonable from a junk yard. i picked up a whole 4x4 for 600.00 for parts so just a rear cant be that bad (on a side note after looking at it it only cost me another hundred to get it on the road ). if you go the new rear way think about what norm siad and upgrade unless this is your daily driver and has to be on the road in a hurry .
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Well now I see he has a Detroit and 4.1's in the 8.8", so lets hope the damage is minimal! Are you sure it's leaking fluid, or is that your best guess? If so, where is it leaking from?
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