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Re: ? about removing rear diff.
I've been through this, so let me explain my experience. My rear diff pinion seal was leaking just like yours. I ordered the parts to repair it(crush sleeve,pinion seal and pinion nut. I was told the diff would have to be pulled to insure the setup on the 3rd member was retained. The mechanic that fixed it said replaced the seal and tightened the nut by "feel". Well, it lasted about 8 months before it puked a pinion bearing. Jbird----If you read this please explain how the diff felt to you when we removed it. IMO I would pull the 3rd member and have a competent mechanic change the required parts and put it back together. You should also replace the wheel bearing and oil seals while you're there.