I have a 98 Ram with over 175,000 miles. Last summer I had the
pinion bearings replaced
due to the horrific roar from the rear. Over the last few months I
have had a different problem.
When I start off, I heard a grinding noise or dragging coming from the
rear. I have noticed
it does it more when I take off and make a left turn, than when I make
a right turn. It will
sometimes make the noise from a straight start too.
Any suggestions? I am not sure whether to take it back to the
person who worked on it
the first time or just fix it myself.
It sounds as if the rear was not set up right, If you replaced the
carrier bearings, its obvious the whole carrier came out. When
reinstalling you need to reset the backlash, and mesh pattern of the
gears. If you replace the pinion bearing then you need to recheck
pinion depth as well. If you leave this go for any long period of time
the inevitable will happen. I have had to replace everything in my
rear, carrier and gears due to someone not setting it up properly. It
is not difficult to do this yourself once you have a good
understanding of how to do it, and providing you have the right tools
for the job. It is time consuming! Sounds as if you need to take
everything bad out and have a good check of all components and a
Lets see, not difficult IF you have a good understanding, and the proper
tools. Like dial indicators, a press, bearing splitters, inch and foot pound
torque wrenches AND it's time consuming. Sounds almost difficult to me:)
No its not difficult, if you have all those tools or at least access
to them, Most people lack the confindance of doing something they have
never done before in fear of messing it up. Same as I did until I did
some research and did one, after doing my carrier swap, and had a good
understanding of how to do it, it is easy!! The Chrysler rears have
adjustable spacers, which eliminates having to put the carrier in and
pull it out numerous times until acceptable backlash ans mesh are
achieve, which makes it easier,as far as the pinion shims, using the
old ones that were on it are a good start, to maintain the original
pinion depth. So intead of rebutting against my comment in trying to
encourage this guy and help him out, Why don't you do the same instead
of debateing how hard or easy it is to do!
this may still be a bearing instead. I did jack up the rear wheels
the other day and was able to pull up about 1/4" on the right tire.
It also had a low noise 'pop'.
As I stated before it does it more when I take off and make a left
turn, than when I make a right turn. I still feel that it is worth a
shot to take out the right axle and check the bearings. When I do
this, I will be pulling the 'c' shaped spacer out, so
I can check anything unusual then. I have a friend who is a mechanic
and we both work together at a Fire Dept. So he is bringing his
equipment to the station and we're going to pull the axle to check it
out. If it is the bearing, we got it licked, if not we will go from
Thanks for the help Jamie.
Al you will do a good job and discouraging people from trying....
maybe you can start with your children...
There is a bearing on each axle so get two. Also memorize the
procedure for adjustment if there is one. You will probably have to
remove each axle to change the bearings. Some bearings are pressed on
and sometimes have to be removed with a cut from a chisel AND a
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