Have a problem with my rear differential

Matt Tubbs

Asked by Apr 28, 2016 at 10:01 AM about the 1998 Dodge Ram 1500 4 Dr Laramie SLT Extended Cab SB

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

Wondering why and how the damage to my
differential has occurred...  never have seen not
heard of the damage happening

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I have...they were both chevy's ...66 cargo van had missing shims..and lost connection...in the middle of winter...66 Pickup rebuilt the differential and was TOO tight and overheated on a long trip....the mechanic burned his hand lookin' at the level....so YES these things are fussy... perhaps there is a main seal leak and ran without lubrication...I can see that happening~ you might look for recalls and tsb's~ may be an historical problem with them~


1998 Dodge Ram If it been leaking, or used hard abused, towing or has a lot of miles or OVER sized tires or ODD mismatched tires. It's NOT uncommon. usually does a transmission too!

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Matt Tubbs

What caused this to happen

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http://www.carcomplaints.com/Dodge/Ram_1500/1998/drivetrain/noi se_coming_from_rear_end.shtml


https://answers.yahoo.com/question/index? qid=20090130150514AAhuNxC




I can't answer what caused the cross pin to elongate the hole. we need the American Axle Manufacturing engineer to to reply or a differential expert. I'm sure you can research and find the cause. Regards

Bob Beaman

How many miles on the Dodge?

Matt Tubbs


Bob Beaman

The cause could be anything. Was there any moisture or water in the lubricant. Were any of the parts inside the differential rusty or brown? Does this truck have over-sized tires? Has the lubricant in the rear gear ever been changed?

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