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Old 10-11-2012, 07:11 PM
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for my 96 ram 5.2 4WD my rear end froze do i have to get a new diff or the whole rear end and how much should this be around cause i took it 2 a random mechanic and feel im getting ripped off he want to charge me 2k
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In most cases a new diff would do. I cant really see a need to get any entire new rear end unless you somehow just snapped the axle housing in half. But when you say rear end are you talking an entire axle housing assy or just the differential assy. Because if he is telling you you need an entire axle housing then you are getting ripped off. Maybe you need new axles as well.

Depending on how much you need 2k really doesn't sound like a terrible price. But if your mechanically inclined enough and all you need is a diff then you could get your self a bulletproof diff for that much and put it in yourself.

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I just got done this past Saturday with a rear diff replacement myself. Look around on Craigslist. I found mine for $200. I did all the work myself. 2 grand was what I was figuring if I had had the work done. I was getting prices from junk yards ranging from $750 - $1200. If you can do the work yourself it will save you the $$$, but not the aggravation. It wasn't too hard but time consuming if you've never done it before.
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it needs a new diff and rear drive train cause when the diff froze the drive train snapped
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OK I hate to get super technical here. But when you say rear drive train do you mean the 3rd member or the drive shaft or did you bust the u-joint and cross?
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Just guessing here

If the drive shaft snapped, likely the pinion & ring gear is damaged
possibly caused by the axles seizing up, because of no lubrication
maybe the pinion nut backed off, causing the pinion gear & ring gear to break

This seller is not all that far from you, they are in Meriden, Connecticut
it might be worth it to give them a call
You WILL need to know just what rear end Ratio that your Ram has, the front & rear ratios have to be the same
Maybe if the ratio is different, switching out the ring & pinion gears, is an option

The thing about buying a complete rear end, you just drop your whole rear end out, wheels & all
put your tires onto the replacement rear end, bolt it up & drive away, after taking care of the fluid of course
if the gear ratios are different & your in a hurry to get onto the road, disconnect the front axle

check it out
http://stores.ebay.com/AEM-Sportscar...=p4634.c0.m322
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