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Case spreader needed on 14 bolts?

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by odoa3, May 24, 2005.

  1. odoa3

    odoa3 1/2 ton status

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    Trying to get everything lined up to rebuild or change out the differintial in a 14 bolt. Do you have to have a case spreader in order to get the diff. in and out or can you do it as is?
    Thanks, Heath
     
  2. sweetk30

    sweetk30 professional hooker Premium Member

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    no just thread the collers back and count the turns. then pry it out with a bar if stubborn. goodluck buddy.:D
     
  3. 1985K20

    1985K20 1/2 ton status

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    no you dont need a case spreader....i had mine out and back in no problems at all, all you have to do is loosen the side bearing nuts...just count the turns you you'll loosen it to make sure you'll apply same torque when tightening them again.
     
  4. tRustyK5

    tRustyK5 Big meanie Staff Member Super Moderator GMOTM Winner Author

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    More than likely it'll fall out once you loosen the adjusters...

    I recommend a piece of plywood under the diff so if it does fall you don't damage the ring gear.

    Rene
     
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    K5MONSTERCHEV 1/2 ton status

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    You can use a screwdriver, or punch to loosen them, but the correct tool makes it a snap!
     
  6. mountain4x4

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    I just made tool to loosten/tighten 14b adjusters in 10 min. out of 1/4"sheet. If youre rebuilding the diff, its very worthwhile to have the tool. Can't tell how much youre torquing the adjuster with a punch and hammer...
     
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    Thanks for all the replies. I am replacing all the bearings and seals in the axles, crush collar, shims, everything. Hoping that if I do it all now I won't have to mess with for quite a while. I may be swapping in a welded diff. if I can track down the guy who has it. First attempt at this so I am sure I will be back on here with more questions. < Taking a deep breath>
     

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