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Old 01-30-2013, 02:06 AM
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Default Something you may want to look at on your truck and make sure the bolt is tight..

This happened to me a few months ago and luckily it happened after I got off the freeway, if it had happened there I might not be here to relay this to ya:

This is a copy of my post I made on another forums:

I made a few phone calls to Dodge and also a Rear End Specialist that was recommended to me.

The call to Dodge pissed me off, wanted $1600 to 1800 and that's if no gears are needed.. Rip Off!

The Specialists quoted me at approx $610 for Pinion Bearing and also ALL bearings and clutch pack - way to go since they do have approx 107k miles.

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You may want to make a note of this and if you have not changed it do it - it could happen - The Pinion Nut that holds the driveshaft is NOT Cross Threaded. The specialists told me that Dodge has their heads up their posteriors about this. If they had used this type of nut in the first place it would have never fallen off!

Below are 3 linked pictures because the size is too large to post and I'm not sure if my comp will shut down at any time so I can't edit them

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The guys at the rear end shop told me this not an uncommon and it happens to Dodges more than any other make. As I said above, Dodge does not use a compressed or cross threaded nut nor thread locking compound on the pinion shaft and this is why mine came off. After they removed the inner parts of the diff I could see that there was not one single bit of thread lock on it and that the nut had no compression marks on it at all. The new nut was slightly compressed and they used a ton of lock tight as well. The repair shop did an outstanding job and it only took them a total of 1 hour to replace the ring and pinion gear and all the clutch packs.

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Thanks for giving the heads up I will be checking mine
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This happened to me a few months ago and luckily it happened after I got off the freeway, if it had happened there I might not be here to relay this to ya:

This is a copy of my post I made on another forums:

I made a few phone calls to Dodge and also a Rear End Specialist that was recommended to me.

The call to Dodge pissed me off, wanted $1600 to 1800 and that's if no gears are needed.. Rip Off!

The Specialists quoted me at approx $610 for Pinion Bearing and also ALL bearings and clutch pack - way to go since they do have approx 107k miles.

ALSO!


You may want to make a note of this and if you have not changed it do it - it could happen - The Pinion Nut that holds the driveshaft is NOT Cross Threaded. The specialists told me that Dodge has their heads up their posteriors about this. If they had used this type of nut in the first place it would have never fallen off!

Below are 3 linked pictures because the size is too large to post and I'm not sure if my comp will shut down at any time so I can't edit them

Image 1

Image 2

Image 3

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The guys at the rear end shop told me this not an uncommon and it happens to Dodges more than any other make. As I said above, Dodge does not use a compressed or cross threaded nut nor thread locking compound on the pinion shaft and this is why mine came off. After they removed the inner parts of the diff I could see that there was not one single bit of thread lock on it and that the nut had no compression marks on it at all. The new nut was slightly compressed and they used a ton of lock tight as well. The repair shop did an outstanding job and it only took them a total of 1 hour to replace the ring and pinion gear and all the clutch packs.
Did you get a recall letter?, I got one a long with a lot of others on the forum for the fix, I knew of this issue about a year ago and had a shop peen the edge of the pinion nut and put locktite on the threads to avoid this very scenario. Good on ya to find a reputable shop to give you the straight goods on the rear diff.
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There is a recall or TSB on this very subject for the '10s.
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Thanks for the heads-up on this, too bad you had to experience it with the associated frustrations.
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My truck's an 05 and no I didn't get a letter - I tried to look to see if there was anything and also called a Dealer and they said no. I do need to get off my posterior and send a letter to Chrysler about this though - have been meaning to since it happened but it kinda got put by the wayside.

Due to my back and knee problems I couldn't really get down there and under the truck to see what happened and it wasn't till the flatbed tow truck driver came and told me that it was the nut that had come off and also that it was still in the yoke that I finally managed to get down and take those pictures.

That rear end shop in Santa Clara did an outstanding job as far as I'm concerned and really fast too, I didn't think they would get it done in just about exactly one hour but they did.
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What exactly do you look for on this (ie. is there something loose or is there a certain amount of threads that should be showing)?

I have to assume that the gears have to come out in order to fix this. What does this cost to get done if you haven't had a problem with it?
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Wow, that's too bad... is this problem fixed, or does it still aply to 2012/2013 Rams also?
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sorry to hear neil...glad your FINALLY past the break in period!

@storeboy, it's not so much anything to look for but to check the tq on the pinion nut (disconnect driveshaft at rear and your lookin at the pinion nut). The tell tale signs may be slight vibes and/or humming sound coming from rear... Neil and I were going to check this before it failed but it did so before we got to it..
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