Wednesday, August 27, 2008

REAR DIFFERENTIAL NOW

Today the shop is replacing the rear differential. After removing it and inspecting it, the gears looked ok, but there were metal shavings on the internal magnets in the axle casing. This is caused by deteriorating bearings and/or gears. The gears themselves looked good, but there was looseness or play in the gear mesh. This was causing noise in the differential which moved through the driveline producing a loud backlash of gears sound in the cab. Unnerving to say the least.

After today I should have a new driveline from the back of the engine to the back of the truck. Hopefully this will get the truck to the end of the year and beyond without issue. Everything on the truck is new within the past two years and this is basically a new truck. I can't wait to get back to work and start working again. Sitting around is ok, but it can get excessive and annoying. I hear the Willie Nelson song "On the Road Again". I hear ya Willie!

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