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Old 02-05-2012, 06:25 AM   #1 (permalink)
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My girls rear end

That got your attention. : )
A few days back as I was pulling out of a parking spot, shifted to drive and started to roll forward and "CLUNK" goes something in the rear. Looked everything over, nothing visual. Slowly cruised home and no noticable event other than a sporatic noise from the rear. Tried and tried to duplicate it for others to hear, nothing. Then I discovered making a circle to the left made this "WHIRRING" sound. So drained the diff oil and found metal. No big chunks like teeth, but enough to make me pull the 3rd to check it out. (Moab just around the corner)

After cleaning the 3rd with brake cleaner I could not see anything to note. R&P,spiders,axle splines,E locker all looked good. The only thing I did find was the Internal oil deflector inside the housing was loose on Pass side, and basically just rattling around in there.
I can only assume that it was resting on the axle, or maybe even contacting the axle splines IF there are any exposed once all buttoned up. There isn't anything on that side of the 3rd that has , I will say external movement, that can be causing contact with this deflector.
I did find metal in the oil, a few pieces fairly good size, and a lot of small pieces. The bigger ones had a curl to them, like threads off a bolt. I pulled the deflector out and cleaned it but didn't see anything to note.

My question is, how to keep this "piece of sheeeet" metal in one place. And do you think it would be worth piece of mind to send the 3rd to a pro for a better look?

Thoughts???

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If anyone is interested what became of this...

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