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Old 02-14-2013, 08:19 PM
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funny that someone at the Assembly Plant decided one day, that they would stop using Locktite on the Pinion Nut
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funny that someone at the Assembly Plant decided one day, that they would stop using Locktite on the Pinion Nut
Exactly! I got nervous about driving the truck so last night I pulled mine into the garage and dropped the driveshaft to have a look. The nut was fairly tight but it didn't take much effort with a 1/2" breaker bar to loosen the nut. I marked the nut and pinion then I removed the nut and there was NO Loctite on it at all. I added my own Loctite then reinstalled the nut. At least in my mind I'm happy until the recall letter comes. I mainly just wanted to make sure the nut wasn't hanging by one thread ready to fall off.
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I was also surprised to see that the nut wasn't a locking nut in any regard at all. I have set up rearends back in the day that had the end of the nut peened over so bad that it actually damaged the pinion threads installing it. There was no way those nuts were backing off.
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My diff has failed two times. The second time it failed, they blamed the pinion bearing failing because the pinion nut itself was too tight after re-assembling. First time it was because it loosened up. Either way I hope they expand the range of the recall because I call outside the range that the NHTSA posted by like four or five months. I don't trust it now and that's not a good feeling to have when I'm up on mountain roads taking my boys fishing.
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Driving allow at 40 MPH today pulling my 7 X 12 enclosed trailer. All of a sudden there was a big bang and the back wheels locked up and I slid to the shoulder. Truck was on the shoulder but the trailer was still on the road. I could not move the vehicle at all. Rear end of drive shaft was on the ground. My truck was not built in the recall dates. Mine was built in March 2010. Truck was towed to the dealer and I will wait to hear from them tomorrow.
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Driving allow at 40 MPH today pulling my 7 X 12 enclosed trailer. All of a sudden there was a big bang and the back wheels locked up and I slid to the shoulder. Truck was on the shoulder but the trailer was still on the road. I could not move the vehicle at all. Rear end of drive shaft was on the ground. My truck was not built in the recall dates. Mine was built in March 2010. Truck was towed to the dealer and I will wait to hear from them tomorrow.
Your post has me worried even though I have visually inspected my pinion nut on a regular basis with no signs of backing off and also signs of lock tight usage on the threads. My build date is feb 19 2010 with 3:55 rear end built in dodge city. Care to share your particulars ?
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My truck has 3:92 gears and the truck has 45,000 km. I have had no other problems with this truck except for the recall for ball joints. Went to the dealer today and expressed my concerns with the rear end locking up. I also told them Dodge should have contacted me re a recall on the pinion but they said my truck was outside of the recall dates. I told them Dodge should expand there recall!
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Heard from the dealer. Truck need a hole new rear end including drive shaft. Estimate is between 7 to 8 thousand dollars. But the good news is all warranty.
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Heard from the dealer. Truck need a hole new rear end including drive shaft. Estimate is between 7 to 8 thousand dollars. But the good news is all warranty.
^^^^ So did they say why ? Was it the pinion nut backing off ?
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That's great news to hear HDClassic. For others who are curious about their truck, send an email through the Owners section on the Ram Trucks website. They ask for your VIN and other information as well as your comments or concerns.
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