Can you work on a rear differential while...

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  1. FlaJunkie

    FlaJunkie Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    ...it's still in the car?

    Wondering if I can get someone local to open the case and inspect it, then repair/replace components without removing the axle from the car.

    Has anyone done this?
     
  2. big gear head

    big gear head Veteran Member

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    I've done it a few hundred times.
     
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  3. jimrr

    jimrr Veteran Member

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    all the time, need to get it high in the air if done on the ground, lift would be preferable.
     
  4. tom3

    tom3 Veteran Member

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    Had a buddy years ago that worked construction. Came home Fri. night, jacked his Chevelle up, changed ring and pinion, went racing all weekend. Sunday night put in the highway gear for the week. Took him about 20 minutes start to finish.

    But I would much rather have it on the saw horses to work on and get it right - while I'm standing up.
     
  5. Dave Nelson

    Dave Nelson Veteran Member Gold Member

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    It's done all the time, a lift makes it much easier.
     
  6. FlaJunkie

    FlaJunkie Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    Cool. Can you changeout the front seal on the lift?
     
  7. FlaJunkie

    FlaJunkie Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    Too bad you're not a bit closer...
     
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  8. ssupercoolss

    ssupercoolss Veteran Member

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    The transverse muffler in my car made this a tight fit.
     
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  9. COPO

    COPO Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    I changed mine with the rear jacked up and me laying on the ground.
     
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