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Hey guys I tried to update my last post but couldnt figure out how to edit the title so sorry for a new thread

I took my ram to a place called tanner 4wd here i colorado sprig and they did find the problems that the other shops couldnt

They said my steering componets are shot, So im going to replace the entire steering rack, Ball joints, Tie rods...

They also said my rear diff is pretty weak and it needs to be replaced along with the gears, And its exspesive, How hard is it to replace the diff i these trucks....
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Whats wrong with the rear diff ?
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Whats wrong with the rear diff ?
Honeslty im not sure the mechanic just told me the rear diff is weak and the gears also need to be replaced, I have a vibration and humm when slowing down or coasting and he said it was from the rear diff allthough I feel the vibration under my feet
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sounds like the shims are not right, either missing or installed wrong
If your gears teeth are sharp, instead of blunt like they should be, it is time for a replacement
just remember, if you need to replace the gears, it is a chance to choose the ratio that you really want, they all cost close to the same
there are several parts in the pumpkin,, this is what it looks like
http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=...ed=0CFIQ9QEwBA

here are some pix of good & bad differentials
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I would ask how exactly one tests for a "weak diff". I smell a rat here.
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I would ask how exactly one tests for a "weak diff". I smell a rat here.
Im not sure I was watching the tech and he was playing with the driveshaft the enters the rear diff the didnt take any covers off, and he came back and said it was a weak diff and gears and that it would be around 900 dollars to replace

Like i said i have a humming noise and vibration coming from the front of the truck.....and they said its the rear diff
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Rear diff noise is typically from failed bearings. Unless they fall apart and cause a bad wear pattern, ring and pinion replacement isn't necessary. I can guarantee that there's no way they could judge the condition of the gears without pulling the cover. You should get a second opinion.
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Ok I will have someone else look at it, When I pulled off my rear diff cover to change the fluid I did not notice anything that would lead me to a bad rear diff, I do remember the tech telling his boss he doesnt know where the noise and vibration is coming from then the boss told me replacing the rear diff should get rid of the vibration "SHOULD"

So while im replacing y ball joints and tie rods due to loose steering this week I will pull my front diff cover off and check it out, anything else I should look for that might lead to the vibration Im feeling
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