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post #1 of (permalink) Old 03-06-2005, 02:33 PM Thread Starter
 
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Rear end trouble

Hi all, I know this isn't a 4wd question, but I hope you can help anyways. I've an '83 El Camino that is having some rear end issues I cannot nail down. It clicks loudly when I decelerate. It is a c-clip type rear end, I've replaced the outer axle bearings and u-joints to no avail. None of the teeth seem to be excissivly worn (even wear pattern as far as I can tell) and none are broken. I am a novice with rear ends, so I am afraid to take the ring and pinion out and am not sure what else to do. Any advice would be greatly appreciated!!!
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Re: Rear end trouble

i wonder if you smoked a pinion barreing,

and decelerating puts a load on it to wear its stressed enough to click. but under normal cruseing conditions you cant hear it??

some times all you can do is tear it apart after youve got everything else tossed out of the equation like it seems you do.

my rear end is rumbling some but, that due to the ring and pinion teeth starting to come apart. there pitted and chipping, problem was probly caused by water.
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Re: Rear end trouble

if you want to take it appart. remove the diff cover. pull out the c-clips (magnet works great) and slide the axle shafts out enought so they arent in the carrier anymore. remove the 4 large bolts (18mm?) that hold the carrier assembly in place. then pull the ring gear and carrier out. it comes out as all one piece. just keep all the hardware and shims from the drivers side on the drivers side, and the same for the pass side. then all you have is the pinion gear in there. remove the driveshaft and the pinion nut and you're right there at the bearings....and thats it.

a lot of this takes some "tapping" to accomplish, but it isnt as terrible as you might think.
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