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Re: damn friggin pinion flange bolt! any tricks?
I don't think there is any way to "crush" the collar any more than when it was intially assembled, but I think if you over-tighten you wear out the pinion bearing.
I'd tighten it down to "where you thought it was", and take a test drive. Listen for the "clunk" when you let off the gas. If you hear it, tighten the nut down 1/2 turn more till the "clunk" goes away.
Might have ta to to it a couple times.
Or, pop the diff cover, tighten the pinion nut to "where you thought it was", put some white grease on the ring gear and rotate the wheels to see if the pattern the white grease makes on the ring gear is "centered".
Either way it's touchy-feely without a depth gauge. [img]images/graemlins/confused.gif[/img]