Re: Locker acting up after axle broke. Any advice?
Thanks for the suggestions so far guys.
I had a rear locker slip in the past due to a bent rear housing, and that's why I now have a trussed rear housing. I haven't double-checked it yet to see if by chance it actually has bent in spite of the trussing, but I'll do that in the daylight.
Supposedly the lockers that come with the coupler gears (to replace the sidegears) are more prone to succumbing to a bent housing than the lockers that use the factory sidegears, which is why when I replaced my bent housing with this new trussed one, I also installed a new locker that uses the factory sidegears.
Another thing to consider regarding the axle bending is that before I snapped the axle shaft and disassembled the rear end, the locker wasn't slipping. And I certainly didn't do anything to cause the housing to bed after that point. So I'm leaning more towards the possibility that a piece of metal slipped past my cleaning and flushing with carb cleaner and has somehow caused the locker to not fully engage. But given my knowledge of how the locker works, I can't picture how any piece of metal could cause the locker to not fully engage unless it's caught between the locker and the sidegear. But this would certainly get flushed out of there by the gear oil during a 70 mile freeway drive, wouldn't it?
I doubt that I could've broken the pins or springs in the locker, because when that happens, it turns the locker into a spool: it won't UNlock. This has happened to me in the past, so I'm familiar with how the locker behaves when the pins break.
Do any of you have any other thoughts, given this additional information? I appreciate your brainstorms, and I'll certainly let you know what the problem turns out to be when I do finally find out for sure what the problem is. I'm just trying to see if our collective minds might be able to pinpoint the source of the problem before I tear down the diff.
Thanks again! Additional info will be appreciated!
-- Geoff "Axle Snapper" Beasley