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Old 05-20-2009, 05:09 PM
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Question Dang pinion bearing went out AGAIN!

Howdy, y'all -

This is my first time on this forum - pleased to be here. Just in case anyone is wondering about my handle, my initials are SOB. For real! So I said to myself, why not be DaSOB?

I don't want to sound like I'm starting off with a rant, but I got an annoying problem I need to air out.

I have a 98 Ram 1500 2WD 318. I love the truck - it's been great, very reliable. It's a Babe Magnet, too... Anyway, my pinion bearing has gone out for the second time in 10 years. I had it replaced in June, 2006 and just had it replaced again today (5/20/09). $725 the first time and $550 this time.

I'm told that this is a common problem with the particular rear end that is used in the Ram. If that's the case, I'm probably looking at another expensive replacement in a few more years.

Question I have is, can I replace the bearing myself? If so, does anyone have a link to information on the procedure? Sure would save me a chunk of change next time!

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I would look at buying a service manual. I don't think it is very hard, just need the right tools. If it is a problem, you could always find a different rear end with the same gearing and swap it out. That might be a better solution if it is a common problem.
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replacing a pinion bearing requires alot of special tools and alot of patience. in order to make sure the rear end doesnt make any howling or growling you must set the pinion depth correct , and check tooth contact on the ring and pinion , and also backlash needs to be right. its not impossible to do yourself but its not like slappin a axle bearing in , alot more involved. then there is also the chance maybe bearing preload wasnt correct the first time you had it done leading to premature bearing failure (second leading cause only behind low fluid level).

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Hey SOB sorry I couldn't resist in my profession I hear that all the time and my initials arent even close to that I copied this from a different forum site I thought I had instructions on changing that bearing. I have included a link for a special tool that you might need (I do not personally know) If I can find those instructions I'll send them later

Dodge has put out a revised seal for the 9.25 differential pinion.

Original P/N: 52070340AA

New P/N: 52070340AB

It may also be possible that there is a 'Secret Warranty'
(also known as Customer Satisfaction Program)
that DaimlerChrysler Area Service Representatives
may now be authorized to give payment for
if your out of warranty 9.25 differential has failed because of the poor life of the original
part number seal. This has been standard Chrysler practice in the past, but only if the
customer complains past the dealership and is armed with info and part numbers.
Thanks to HankL

Also from n8ech from the same site said

"This is the kind of repair that, if you are not familiar with it or do not have the tools, is better done by someone who does.

Better to pay a little more now and have a warranty, then not and end up with a bigger bill and/or being stranded."


The link for the tool
http://www.sjdiscounttools.com/otc6602.html


Good Luck

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The link for the tool
http://www.sjdiscounttools.com/otc6602.html
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that tool is used to adjust the carrier side to side , which in turn would set backlash between the ring and pinion. to do the pinion bearing is alot more involved than carrier bearings. pinion depth is critical to bearing and ring and pinion wear , you must get your tooth contact just right or it will make alot of noise. you need .001" dial indicators and magnetic bases , torque wrenchs. i personally would ust pay the price to have it done , to do it right yourself you would spend more on the correct tools to do the job than a dodge dealer would charge you for the doing the job (and then you have a warranty also).
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Thanks for all the input, gents. I have a service manual and it emphasizes that it is critical to get the bearing pre-load correct by torquing down on the crush washer just the right amount. I probably could do the work, but I'll let the pros handle it so that if something goes south, I'm not out another $100 for parts plus the PITA of re-doing it.

Rebhays27, you may have been called one, but I'm a card-carrying SOB!!

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