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Old 10-09-2008
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so basically its kinda like rebuilding the rear end? is this difficult, expensive, any special tools for bearing install and remove?

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Old 10-09-2008
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If your pinion bearing is shot, might just be better to take it to a shop unless you have tools. You'll need air and a 1 inch torque wrench (or an impact gun; although I prefer the 1 inch) , you'll need a pinion depth guage and probably a dial indicator and stand. You can rent/borrow all of these tools. If you don't have experience with this stuff, I would suggest looking for a new rear end (provided the prob is the pinion bearing).
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Old 10-16-2008
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I kind of gave up on this thread because the sound went away for the most part, but today it came back with force.

I can't really begin to explain the stipulations for when the sound occurs. It changes day to day, if the sound is even there at all. That makes it almost impossible to diagnose over the internet.

Right now, I'm looking for a new work truck, then I'm probably going to either replace the axle with something better, or rebuild this one when I have time.

I've looked into replacing axle bearings and it seems more like a PITA than technical. Pinion bearing on the other hand, I don't have the tools or the time to deal with that right now. I've never taken a vehicle to a shop, but if it craps out soon, I'm out of options <sad face>.

I also hate to be replacing something if it's not really the issue, but I'm having a hell of a time narrowing it down. The only advice I've gotten from anyone around here is "take it to a shop" (even from the parts store) to which I respond, "I am the shop, what parts could I need" ,,, I'm ranting, but either way, the conversation always ends with "I don't know"

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Old 10-16-2008
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Here's an idea of how to find the noise: 1) Jack your truck up at the axle (so both rear wheels are off of the ground; use jackstands underneath the axle tubes). 2) Block the front wheel 3) Put the trans in neutral. 4) Hand turn the axle and try to see where the grinding is coming from also look for play on the driveshaft (could be a u joint) and resistance/grinding on the pinion gear. 5) Drain the axle and inspect all of your bearings and your ring and pinion.
BTW, when was the last time you did your rear brakes/drums and e-brake shoes?
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