If you are a flat lander that might just do it. I just have to find some place that will install them for way cheaper. That was including the gear set, bearings, oil and 17 hours labour. The end result is a better traction, more power though the engine does spin a bit faster at speed because of the lower gears and all around better drivability. Just open the filler plug, then put your finger on the hole filler and then you can see the fluid level and its condition.
Due to the challenging nature of the replacement, most people will need to use a mechanic rather than attempting the install themselves. The differential gear needs to be lubricated consistently or else the car will not drive or turn properly. Check out all the available on or trust one of our 16,000 for routine maintenance and repairs. My dad is going to call him on Monday to find out, but after some research, it seems like the better idea is to rebuild the diff. First time I did it with a friend to his car, we had a local shop Randy's Ring and Pinion to call when we had questions, and even had a tech look at the gear pattern pictures for free, he approved of the pattern and sure enough the gears run dead quiet.
We also cover the Ford Ranger, Explorer Sport Trac, Mercury Mountaineer, Lincoln Aviator, Mazda Navajo, Mazda Pickups, and the Aerostar. The gear reduction it provides also makes it far easier for the driver to turn the wheels. For 4×4 vehicles the cost for a front and rear differential rebuild is about the same. Installing them yourself is really up to you and how much abilty you have do mech. Setup takes some time, but I can't imagine it adding that much more. Its an average 6 - 7 hours to re gear a rear diff and closer to 9 - 10 to do a front diff.
This includes pinion bearings and races, carrier bearings and races, and, in most cases, axle bearings and seals. Without a lift I always remove the rear from the car. Or are you doing both?? Because of this risk, and the time and cost involved, most mechanics will recommend replacing the rack rather than repairing. I agree with you that it's a ridiculous amount. That particular axle has to have the axle shafts removed, and the 3rd member removed to access the pinion bearing.
I had a mechanic once who changed the pinion oil seal and then used an impact wrench to slam-jam tighten the pinion nut. Try to steer clear of the dealerships. Average Differential Repair Cost The repair costs of the front and rear differentials will fluctuate based upon the repairs that are needed. On this swap, we did this about 15 times, for various reasons. Good quality differential fluid will prevent the gears from burning and getting worn out.
The gearset in enclosed within a metal tube, with either end of the rack sticking out of opposite ends of the tube. Please read our for more info. If you get the swap done I would be interested in the 4. I could pull a 6500 lb. Me and my dad replaced my entire rear end on my 97 z71 in 2 days. They will usualy do it for free or just a couple of bucks at most.
We were able to call a few franchises in our local area Arizona and asked them to offer us a ballpark for certain models. The pinion is easier, take off the yoke and pull the pinion assembly out the back of the housing. Place the rear axle on tall jackstands or short stands on top of a workbench. I really can't see seven hours though. The complexity of the repair also means that a full replacement tends to be a safer and more reliable option. You may notice a difference in how the steering feels in either direction — it may be easier to turn right than left, for example. You might be able to sqeeze another shop down a couple hours but not much.
Next the contact pattern must be checked, which is done with colored grease included as part of the new gear install kit. Ford gears are cut so close, you can install them using the exact same shims and patterns as the old ones. I have a 1964 gto that has a grinding sound coming from the rear differential. I don't do parts so can't speak for any difference in parts prices with different ratios. Also, does anyone have any recommendations on an on-line parts store for the rebuild items? Randy answered 7 years ago Most shops have a time-estimate book, and they usually go by that. This unit shown is an open-type, no posi.
If you don't have access to a bearing press, have the inner pinion bearing pressed on where you buy the bearing good Napa shop or simular. Assuming you do your own set up work. The money I saved doing the last install was spent on the Eaton Diff. Nothing short of a 3. The parts aren't just gears in this case either, it'll be gears, carriers, probably bearings and seals as well as fluid.
Any shop should be able to quote you hours. You may even experience vibrations, fluid leaks, and even some strange noises as the symptoms get worse. You should also check to see if the rear carrier is posi or open-style, the easiest method is to jack up the rear of the car and spin the wheels, if they both spin the same direction, you have a posi, if they spin in opposite directions, you have the classic peg-leg rear. As for tools to do it. Someone asked me why i was changing them from 4. When Should You Have The Rack and Pinion Steering Replaced? Elite Explorer members see practically no ads, can add their own profile photo, upload photo attachments in all forums, and Media Gallery, create more private Conversations, and more. Good for you, everyone i've talked to says that there is no way you should install your own gears.