As you may have read, I broke the differential helping out a van stuck in Colorado snow. 4LO, good traction on the rear, marginal on the front, 1/2-2/3 throttle. It went click, and just quit. Limped down off the mountain 20-25 miles at 8-12 MPH, all the way making horrible noises from the rear and intermittently locking up, breaking loose, and I was always worried it would lock up permanently.
Here's the start of the axle replacement thread.
Replacement on jack stands, ready to open up. Oh, it weighs 230 pounds, and I *did* kill my back this time. Ick.
Oh, very nice. Unknown mileage, but it's a 2003, and the oil looks very good. Almost no particles on the drain plug. Oh, this has a drain plug - my 2004 did not.
Remember what this G80 carrier looks like.
Oh, I have a leaky BDS gas shock, too. Time to upgrade the shocks as well.
Cover damage without the Purple Cranium Spider
Inside the cover
Fragments that fell out at first.
Note bearing way out of position due to missing G80 housing and no spider gears
Fragments in the bottom
After clearing out fragments, saw the passenger side c-clip was missing. Driver's side was as well! All that held the shafts (and wheels) from walking out of the axle was the brake calipers.
Overall view of the mess.
Fragments collected. Wonder if JB Weld can put them back together?
Why I should have worn surgical gloves. Sigh.....