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post #1 of (permalink) Old 03-28-2008, 04:31 PM Thread Starter
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worn axle casing??!!??

Question for a friend, who drives a '99 Wrangler SE....who does no off roading, but asked me a question I couldn't answer, and now I'm curious.

She says "It's like a grinding noise when you take your foot off the accelerator (doesn't do it when you press on the gas). They thought it was the bearings, but that didn't fix it. So they took apart the rear axle and said the casing was going bad."

Apparently a mechanic told her that the axle casing was worn, but I don't understand how an axle casing could be worn out.

Does anyone know anything about this?

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If the inner pinion bearing spun, then the housing could be worn. There is very little chance of that on a stock gear setup though unless it was run low on oil.

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i had a 98 grand cherokee come into the shop like this with a bad carrier bearing it had spun and wore out the housing. we had to replace the entire axle with one from a junk yard. i ended up with the old one so i could scalp the disk breaks off of it. if your willing to do the cutting and welding of all the bracketry on the rear end you can pick up a basic dana 35C at the junkyard for about $200 and everything else should fit on it. in order to get one out of a wrangler your going to pay out a bit more.
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Cool, thanks.
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We had a customer with a spun bearing in the housing. They couldn't afford a new housing- so we took a punch and lightly punched 2 dimples about 1/4" apart every 1/2" around the housing and cap. Probably about 20 dimples total. The little raised material around the punched dimples held the race stationary. Last I heard the customer is still driving the rig- it's been over a year. (No, we wouldn't guarantee it...)

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