Although I haven’t put it back in the car yet, I just rebuilt my rear end (so I don’t know how well I did). But anyway, the Eric The Car Guy Series of videos on utoob helped me a great deal and I would recommend watching them a few times. Good Luck.minor update:
i ordered new parts for the rear. spider gears, clutch kit, cross pin and bolt, and axle bearing and seals. pretty much everything i think i can do myself in my driveway.
it all arrived yesterday.
the plan is to try and get it all done by sunday.
hmm, i didnt get a new clutch spring, should i have?
i also didnt get new C- clips. i figured those would be re-useable.
i took the car for a spin or two recently after i closed her up last week. i want to see how much if any new metal is floating around in there just to get an idea of how bad it was/is.
i will check (with my eyes and hands, not a gauge) how much backlash there is in the ring/pinion setup. if it seems really bad, i may have to alter the plans.
i will see if i can make a short vid of this check.
anybody have any last minute tips or tricks i should be aware of?
as far as i can tell, i should be able to get the spider and side gears off and the new ones on without much trouble without taking the carrier out, so thats my plan.Iirc you can pull the cross pin and change the spider gears in the car, although I have always taken the carrier out. Watch the vids closely or read the manual. Getting the sidegears and spider gears, and especially the spider gear shims/bearings back in can be difficult. I built a homemade case spreader tool many years ago so I dont have to hammer the carrier back in, so thats pretty easy for me. Same one works on both 7.5 and 8.8 rears.
It will run fine with the damaged gears for a long time if you dont hammer it. I have confirmed this by experience.
i watched a boatload of vids, i probably watched his at some point.Although I haven’t put it back in the car yet, I just rebuilt my rear end (so I don’t know how well I did). But anyway, the Eric The Car Guy Series of videos on utoob helped me a great deal and I would recommend watching them a few times. Good Luck.
Lucky break on that bolt not getting stuck in there!!today i started the replacement. got one axel out and im stuck now until tomorrow hopefully when i pick up an E8 torx socket. i got the one side off with a 1/4" 12 point, but it didnt work on the other side.
im fearful that the bolt wont come out and then i will have to do some drilling or something.
the bolt that holds the cross pin in place broke off when i was removing it. i cried a little but was able to get it out by just working it out with a small screwdriver. luckily it broke off with only about 1 thread left on the pin.
only one of the spider gears was damaged, the other looked fine.
tomorrow will try to get the other axle off and then get the spring out and replace things and close her back up.
it appears one of my axle seals is leaking, grime built up around seal, other seal was nothing. i bought new bearings and seals, so will replace both.
I cleaned the housing out really well a couple weeks ago, but of course we'll do again.Wow, on the surface, not that bad, I would have to see it in person to actually give you a or
Clean the housing as good as you can and if there are no chunks, send it.
Is "send it" still a thing?
I don't always keep up.