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    fix a diff????

    The girlfriends 93 dodge p/u has a humming noise from the rear. The mechanic (I'm not sure we can trust him yet, a new guy) says the diff is screwed. They will replace it with a used one from a wrecker but can't guarantee that one will not humm either(of course, it's used). Anyway, I was wondering if anyone knows whether the internal parts (gears, bearings) stuff like that could be replaced instead of the whole axle. And would it likely be more expensive or not.
    Opinions/experience???????
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    give just jeeps a call. they repair and replace stuff inside diffs.

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    just replace it with a junk yard one,the parts prices are going to be way more than a complete junkyard axle .The last diff I did at work cost $1450.00 in parts

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    Did your new mechanic inspect the axle or just take it for a test drive? If this was my truck I would pull the cover and axleshafts to find out where the noise is coming from. You have to know whats wrong before you can make decision. I agree repairs to your current axle could be very expensive but its possible that it may not be that serious. A good mechanic should locate the problem before he sugests a solution. Good luck.

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    Thanks for the answers...
    I don't know what the mechanic did to check since the girlfriend took it in.
    I was just thinking it must be better to keep the main parts and replace a few things instead of swapping the whole axle. Cause then we will likely have to put new brakes on it too.
    I suggested we ask another mechanic the same question.

    1Wheel.......Do you have a trusted mechanic in Waverly, Hillsdale, Midland or are you the mechanic?

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    Was it my spelling that gave it away? Yup I'm a licenced tech. All the guys in the area I've worked with or met have all been professionals. There should be no shortage of honest mechanics in the area. However I don't know of any mechanic that can diagnose a problem like yours without getting dirty. Expect to spend some money to get it checked out right. Its possible that a shop will dust you off if they don't think your serious about fixing it. Sometimes if a shop has lots of profitable work waiting outside they might not want a labour intensive job such like yours. Its sucks but it happens.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1WheelPeel View Post
    Was it my spelling that gave it away? Yup I'm a licenced tech. All the guys in the area I've worked with or met have all been professionals. There should be no shortage of honest mechanics in the area. However I don't know of any mechanic that can diagnose a problem like yours without getting dirty. Expect to spend some money to get it checked out right. Its possible that a shop will dust you off if they don't think your serious about fixing it. Sometimes if a shop has lots of profitable work waiting outside they might not want a labour intensive job such like yours. Its sucks but it happens.
    HAHA......Actually your spelling is pretty good. I just had a hunch that you are either a mechanic or a very well learned backyard mechanic from your reasoning on how the mechanic should take it apart to figure it out, not just a test drive. I just dabble so I have a basic understanding of most stuff.
    I've had pretty good luck finding a mechanic I like dealing with, but that was in Barrie, then I moved up here. The girlfriend has been visiting her mechanic for at least 20 years now but they just retired and sold the business. I'm not a very trusting person to start with, so sometimes it is hard to figure out if the mechanic is being straight with me.
    Thanks for the inside scoop, I'll see if the girlfriend knows how he checked it out.
    Want to give your business a free plug?????

    Thanks again.

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