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Join Date: Feb 2001
Location: west palm beach. fl.
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I'd get it into a shop that knows what to look for. It could be any of the things mentioned but if it is the pinion bearing or anything else in the diff, you want to fix that immediately. The pinion bearing in mine went out but wasn't making significant noise. Eventually it broke teeth under load and the differnetial had to be replaced. That is not a cheap experience.
Used diffs show up from time to time on ebay and other sites. Price around $750-$1000 or so these days. Of course, there is never one around when yours breaks and you need it right away.........
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