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Posted: 12/23/21 02:42pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Had a complete differential failure on my 2006 E450 at 17,200 miles. Replaced with a new differential. At 72,000 miles noticed some leakage at the differential pinion seal. Had the seal replaced and changed the fluid.


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Recommended differential service is between 50,000 and 60,000 miles. So it was time. They just replaced the gasket and the fluid. Because it was just service the warranty does not cover it. Didn’t hurt to ask. I still don’t have the RV though because they were not happy with the alignment so sending it back for a rear axle alignment. These look like they are relatively uncommon. But if the steering wheel is off center or there is pull one way or the other I guess it’s possible the rear axle can be adjusted. Can’t find much on it on Google. So the shop that does alignment for them can’t get to it until next week. It’s drivable they say but I didn’t want to experience a problem after all the work I’ve had done so I won’t get it until 2022!


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klutchdust wrote:

PartyOf Five wrote:

He said when the particulate matter in existing fluid will, when replaced, make the seals/ gaskets the "weakest link" & they may fail more readily. Let a sleeping dog lay.



That's a new one. I do know this. A transmission "flush" is the worst thing you can do to your transmission.
Jerry was in business over 30 years, replaced many a trans just after a flush. Want piece of mind, don't flush.....your tranny that is....


I think there is confusion with the transmission.

In a transmission, the fluid does other thing including creating specific levels of friction...and the common response is don't fix it if it's not broken.

The rear diff is a much different animal. It certainly shouldn't cause leaks.


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valhalla360 wrote:

klutchdust wrote:

PartyOf Five wrote:

He said when the particulate matter in existing fluid will, when replaced, make the seals/ gaskets the "weakest link" & they may fail more readily. Let a sleeping dog lay.



That's a new one. I do know this. A transmission "flush" is the worst thing you can do to your transmission.
Jerry was in business over 30 years, replaced many a trans just after a flush. Want piece of mind, don't flush.....your tranny that is....


I think there is confusion with the transmission.

In a transmission, the fluid does other thing including creating specific levels of friction...and the common response is don't fix it if it's not broken.

The rear diff is a much different animal. It certainly shouldn't cause leaks.



I responded to the comment made that 'If you were to change the fluid it would make the seals the weakest link" At least that is what iIunderstand the OP to be saying.

Having spent my career wrenching on just about everything, i can say that I have not seen a seal leak in a differential after the fluid has been changed.

What I have come across is the fact that transmission flushes have a direct link to transmission failures. Drop the pan, replace the filter, clean the magnet and refill.I referenced my buddy who ran a shop for 30+ years.

What many non mechanic type folks are lead to believe is that your car/truck RV needs flushing. Flush the radiator, brake lines, transmission.

Has anyone ever had a brake failure because their brake fluid failed? I cannot find any mechanic that I know that has seen that happen. Yet go into a jiffy type place and they swear you are in danger if you do not get it done.
So, I tell my family that regular maintenance using quality products on a consistent basis is the best warranty out there.
It's interesting that a differential failed with less than 20K miles on it. That is a rare occurrence. Maybe an outside bearing but the differential, that's odd.
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We have an 05 3500 chev dually bought new and now has 113K miles on the truck. I have changed the rear fluid 13 times because it was an easy job for me to do. Kinda overkilled all maintenance but the truck feels and drives like new.

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larry barnhart wrote:

We have an 05 3500 chev dually bought new and now has 113K miles on the truck. I have changed the rear fluid 13 times because it was an easy job for me to do. Kinda overkilled all maintenance but the truck feels and drives like new.

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“kinda” overkill is not a strong enough descriptor. More than 3x since new would be the start of more than necessary, imo.
If you’re changing, say, 50k mile fluids at <10k miles, are you changing engine oil at like 2000 miles?


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EMD360 wrote:

Recommended differential service is between 50,000 and 60,000 miles. So it was time. They just replaced the gasket and the fluid. Because it was just service the warranty does not cover it. Didn’t hurt to ask. I still don’t have the RV though because they were not happy with the alignment so sending it back for a rear axle alignment. These look like they are relatively uncommon. But if the steering wheel is off center or there is pull one way or the other I guess it’s possible the rear axle can be adjusted. Can’t find much on it on Google. So the shop that does alignment for them can’t get to it until next week. It’s drivable they say but I didn’t want to experience a problem after all the work I’ve had done so I won’t get it until 2022!


Fwiw, unless there are some extenuating circumstances not mentioned, it is virtually impossible to knock the rear axle of a solid axle vehicle out of “alignment” and it is 1000% not adjustable. If for some reason there is a gross misalignment or bent axle, it is a mechanic shop or body shop job.

Or in other words, you’re likely being sold a bill of goods on the rear alignment. Beware.

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Grit dog wrote:

EMD360 wrote:

Recommended differential service is between 50,000 and 60,000 miles. So it was time. They just replaced the gasket and the fluid. Because it was just service the warranty does not cover it. Didn’t hurt to ask. I still don’t have the RV though because they were not happy with the alignment so sending it back for a rear axle alignment. These look like they are relatively uncommon. But if the steering wheel is off center or there is pull one way or the other I guess it’s possible the rear axle can be adjusted. Can’t find much on it on Google. So the shop that does alignment for them can’t get to it until next week. It’s drivable they say but I didn’t want to experience a problem after all the work I’ve had done so I won’t get it until 2022!


Fwiw, unless there are some extenuating circumstances not mentioned, it is virtually impossible to knock the rear axle of a solid axle vehicle out of “alignment” and it is 1000% not adjustable. If for some reason there is a gross misalignment or bent axle, it is a mechanic shop or body shop job.

Or in other words, you’re likely being sold a bill of goods on the rear alignment. Beware.


Leaf springs have a center pin that protrudes out and a saddle may sit on and be centered by that pin.The axle sits on that saddle and is held together by the leaf spring u bolts. If the pin fails the axle can move. Occasionally you will see bob tail or pick up trucks doing the doggy walk down the road, favoring one side or the other.

FWIW fact: I performed wheel alignments on semi trailers and the front axle was 1/4 inch longer in measurement from the king pin on the drivers side and the rear was adjusted to be exactly the same distance from the front axle. This was to keep the trailer axles favoring the crest of the road. Often a trailer came in for wheel alignment as the driver noticed the trailer "dog tracking" A broken center pin was the first item we checked.

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^Exactly. And your explanation may help the OP understand that.
Maybe I wasn’t clear, but I don’t consider a broken spring locator pin an alignment issue, but rather a parts failure. I consider alignment something that is adjustable.

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Picked up the RV today. There was no rear axle alignment in the description of service. They sent it out for a regular alignment as they don’t do those in the shop. Didn’t get the exact alignment specs but they set the toe in from zero. Between 1/16th and 1/8”

They just checked the alignment of the front to the rear tires and it was spot on. The differential service appeared to be the result of observing bad hub oil during the rear brake job. It was just serviced no other issues.

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