It’s Worse Than I Thought

I noticed this area inside the differential housing was ground down.  I guess the carrier bearings were so worn that the bolt-side of the carrier was flexing into the housing.

That’s not so bad, but this next part is.  I did more reading this morning and found an article about what to look for when you are buying a used axle.  When I read the caption of this photo, the proverbial gears in my head started turning, and when I walked out to go look, my heart sank.  That critical surface has in fact been ground down all to hell.  Even if I did have a carrier that fit correctly, I would never be able to get the preload right.  

Even the ring-side surface is all jacked up.

So now I am faced with having new material welded to the axle and re-machined, or finding a good used axle housing and using it.  This is depressing.

NOTE:  to see all my posts about the Dana 60 Axle, click here.

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One Response to It’s Worse Than I Thought

  1. Kevin says:

    does this story have a happy ending?

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