Dana 35 differential gear a little chewed up (some metal shavings inside).
So I changed my differential fluid again after noticing a leak from what appeared to be the pinion seal failing. I noticed some metal shavings inside the differential and also that the oil seemed silvery. After I took off the differential cover I noticed one of the smaller gears (one of the four grouped together next to the large one, see picture), seemed to have some small chunks missing; it also has some play when I moved it. There doesn't seem to be any kind of performance issues as of yet though. I cleaned it out with brake cleaner and got all the metal shavings out, and replaced the oil and sealed her up. What do you think, is it necessary to replace that gear?
Originally Posted by srm1982 View Post
But if that were mine? Oh yeah, I'd rebuild the entire axle assembly.
The road goes on forever, the party never ends....
Time for a Dana 44.
Rubicon Rich ,05 TJ Rubicon: PatriotJeepers.com
86 CJ7 258,T18,Scout Dana300,twin sticks,Dana44's,4W Disc, locked,35's,YORK OBA,Warn 8274,fullcage.
51 M100 1/4 ton Jeep trailer
Thanks for the advice. I am looking into replacing the spider gears. When I replaced the pinion seal I checked out the bearings and they seemed fine. I've spent the last couple of hours looking into the different options with differentials and gearing ratios... but it seems for the time being a 45 minute gear replacement would set my mind at ease up in the mountains looking for Bambi's dad.
|Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)|