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12 bolt ring gear eating through cover!

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by SkulzNBonz, May 12, 2003.

  1. SkulzNBonz

    SkulzNBonz 1/2 ton status

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    Thankfully not mine. Since I know just the smallest amount about how a rear end even works, let alone what locates the ring gear, I will pose my question here. Why would the ring gear start eating through the cover. My best educated guess is that a axle bearing, or race, or whatever holds the ring gear in position is wearing out. Supposedly, this axle was a fresh rebuild with just a few hundred miles on it. Thanks in advance.

    John
     
  2. Mudzer

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    Did the cover get bent into the ring gear? That would be my first guess since the axle has been rebuilt.
     
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    The caps holding the carrier to the housing might be coming loose. That would be my guess
     
  4. SkulzNBonz

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    Thanks for the reply Neil. Guess I should elaborate, this twelve bolt is on a '65(?) Malibu, w/ a 468 CI Olds under the hood. The car has been under the knife for about two years. Absolutely 0 abuse, this thing is a show & go rod.
    Sorry for the confusion.

    John
     
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    Thanks, I'll check it out.

    John
     

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