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Unread 11-08-2010, 01:22 PM   #1
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Clunk and Bang I go..

Few weeks ago. The rear end started to clunk and bang when shifting between gears. I pulled the diff cover off and looked for damage. Did not see any damage.

Checked u-joints and drive shaft, everything tight.

How do i check pinion for looseness and play?

I'm thinking it is a bearing in the pinion.

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Unread 11-08-2010, 01:25 PM   #2
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Grab the pinion yoke and try to shake it back and forth. There shouldn't be any play there. Could also be carrier bearings and your backlash has opened up.

You sure it's coming from the rear end?
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Unread 11-08-2010, 01:52 PM   #3
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Yes I am sure. It only does it when you take the load off during shifting.

I checked all my bolts on the suspension for torque and movement of bushings.

I just went out and checked pinion. It did not move much. I jacked it up and took the load off drivetrain.
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Unread 11-08-2010, 02:01 PM   #4
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It did not move much.
Shouldn't move at all side to side. Rotation is okay unless it's excessive. That would point at an issue inside the rear end.
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shouldn't move at all side to side. Rotation is okay unless it's excessive. That would point at an issue inside the rear end.
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Unread 11-08-2010, 02:21 PM   #6
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It does move from side to side. Looks like it is going in the shop.

Thanks for the help
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Unread 11-08-2010, 02:37 PM   #7
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Make sure it's a reputable shop that has experience with ring and pinion setup and setting pinion bearing pre-load with a crush sleeve. Someone that will back up there work if something were to go wrong in the first few thousand miles after would be preferred.
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Unread 11-08-2010, 02:42 PM   #8
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I did find a shop here in town that does good work..They are called Six States Dist..
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I say pop that rear end open and see what you can see.
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Also, check your UCA and LCA bushings as you accelerate because i had similar symptoms and this was the burden. Perfect excuse to install my adj control arms
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He already popped the cover and checked (look at first post) and he already checked his CA bushings (also first post).

There is play in the pinion and that is most likely the issue. That needs to be addressed for sure.
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Unread 11-08-2010, 03:02 PM   #12
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Make sure it's a reputable shop that has experience with ring and pinion setup and setting pinion bearing pre-load with a crush sleeve.
He has a D44, no crush sleeve...
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He has a D44, no crush sleeve...
Good catch. I assumed D35 and shouldn't have
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He already popped the cover and checked (look at first post) and he already checked his CA bushings (also first post).

There is play in the pinion and that is most likely the issue. That needs to be addressed for sure.
My bad... probably should read more carefully next time.
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Tighten that pinion nut down to ~180 lbs before you take it in anywhere. And make sure the control arms are torqued down real good as well. Even then, bushings suck. They may be worn out and allowing too much movement.
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