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post #1 of (permalink) Old 04-01-2008, 02:56 PM
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Got axle removed but found odd bolt inside need help

O.K. can anyone tell me how many bolts are inside diff. I count 10 on ring gear 4 cap 2 adjuster lock. Should there be any more then that. I know it sounds stupid. I know from putting my spool in the sammy the carrier has bolts but the sidekick. It has never been opened up before and i have a hard time believing it came from the factory like that.
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post #2 of (permalink) Old 04-01-2008, 04:00 PM
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O.K. it's an adjuster lock bolt same length size and marks.

Has this ever happened to anyone else??? It's a 95 we bought it in 96 with 7000 miles on it. Wheeled it for years stock with no problems. Then on day POP!!! the front housing split down the front. Everything inside is fine no gear damage. It's got to be one in a million.
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The front diff housing is the weakest link in the drivetrain, they do go pop. The problem gets worse when you fit bigger and grippier tyres, less spin = more stress. The V6 GVs and the later (non-US) diesels have a steel axle and 3rd member. They seem to let go mainly when reversing up against a rock or similar. Interestingly the later GVs have a different style 3rd mounting.
As for the bolts - I had mine rebuilt by a transmission specialist but looking at the FSM what you have is correct. I do know that the Track/Kick front is a 10 bolt (carrier), early rears are also 10 bolt but later models are 12 bolt.

2000 Vitara 1.6, 2" lift, 3" body lift, winch, snorkel, safari rack, 33" MTs, rear discs, steel front axle, 5:83s
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