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11/5/10 6:48am - Original Message: 'Rear end issues'
Crimson Ghost
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Hello all.  Back in August I replaced my differential yokes and snap-rings (old one on the drivers side was shorn off and yoke was hanging out).  After completing the job I had an alignment done and the within 15 miles it died.  The driveshaft spins but not the tires – work heated up so the car has sat until now. Saturday I am opening up the differential case to see what the deal is.  My driveshaft is over to the passenger side, I read that most C3’s are like this – but I thought I would mention it since perhaps its an alignment issue putting undue stress on the driverside yoke and that’s busting the snap ring.

 

At this point I think I am going to remove the rear and have it rebuilt – if I do can I install the rebuilt rear myself or is there a technical alignment that really needs a professional?  I mean, aside from the 4 wheel which I would need afterwards.  I was looking at parts online and assuming $200 in labor a rebuild could run me about $700.  Alternatively, Ecklers sells a rebuild for $1,000 – I am not concerned for the cost difference.  I am more concerned if I can treat a rebuild like plug and play plus a wheel alignment and be ok ?

 

Any thoughts? 

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11/5/10 8:00am - Reply: 'Rear end issues'
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The diff is mounted solidly to the rear crossmember...ain't really but one way for it to go, so there's no alignment issues with the remove/install.
And yes...all Corvettes(and most other cars too) have the engine/trans off-set to the passenger side slightly. This has more to do with the clearance needed for the steering gear than anything.
Is the diff making any noise since it won't move? Was it making any noise before? The only things in the diff that would keep the car from moving would definitely make noise if broken/failed. If it is a posi unit, you could have one of the yokes stripped, but it should still move the car, unless the posi clutches were wiped out.
This is a strange one...
Go ahead and save the $$$ on the labor to remove/install the diff, and do that yourself. There's really nothing you could mess up by doing it yourself, except maybe leave a bolt out or something. There is no alignment issues with it. It simply bolts solidly to the crossmember, and then you have the front "nose" mount that attaches the diff thru a cushion to the frame.


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11/5/10 8:08am - Reply: 'Rear end issues'
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Hello Joel, thank you for the response – I really appreciate it.  You confirmed my suspicion, when I replaced the yokes it certainly appeared to be a bolt on.

 

My yokes had too much play in them, after I installed the snap rings I could pull them out about a ¼ inch.  I have since read that the allowance is something like .0005 I was way over this.  I suspect this is the issue.

 

There was a clunk (a few actually) and I could tell something was wrong, but I tried to get home – no luck there.  It just died, no more go – yet no noise.  I jacked it up and ran it, the driveshaft spins, the passenger tire spins in the air and the driver side tire just sits there.  But there is no noise at all?  So I am at a loss.  

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11/6/10 11:48am - Reply: 'Rear end issues'
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Sounds like the clutch pack has fried as well as the gear the yoke splines to on the inside of the diff..if you have posi..I would take it out and see what actually is broken..I have seen these rebuilt rears in Ecklers and Mid America..you can choose the gear ratio and posi..send in the old and get a rebuilt in the mail..only thing to think about is if the rear has a VIN or other number on it that says it came with the car..if you want to keep it original then have the one in the car rebuilt locally..or send it to Joel! I am sure he has done plenty of them..
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11/6/10 11:58am - Reply: 'Rear end issues'
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The real question is why did it happen.  

 

The yoke was hanging out on the drivers side about 2 inches when the car was lifted.  So I opened it up, replaced both yokes and snap rings.  Put it back together and drove it a few miles – had a 4 wheel alignment done and it clunked right after the alignment and was broken within a few miles.

 

I am fearful that there is something else causing the issue.  I don’t want to spend $1,000 and have it break again – this is why I asked about alignment.  Right now I understand that the differential assembly can only be installed one way and no alignment is done out side of the case.  I am going to remove it today and have it rebuilt locally – will probably order the parts from Ecklers and then just have the labor to contend with.  I am certain I will be back to ask you all what I need to order.  I think this is a 3:70, later today I will count teeth and then get back to you all.

 

I started another thread asking for advice on removing this – I was uncertain how to go about the strut’s.

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11/6/10 12:15pm - Reply: 'Rear end issues'
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If it didn't make any noise on the way to get a 4WA then maybe I mean maybe when they adjusted for camber it moved the top of the wheel out which would pull the axle out a little and make a weak part in the rear stress and fail faster than what it would have..it would have failed regardless as you said endplay was over a 1/4 of an inch.
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11/6/10 12:20pm - Reply: 'Rear end issues'
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[QUOTE=yostusota]If it didn't make any noise on the way to get a 4WA then maybe I mean maybe when they adjusted for camber it moved the top of the wheel out which would pull the axle out a little and make a weak part in the rear stress and fail faster than what it would have..it would have failed regardless as you said endplay was over a 1/4 of an inch.
Rich [/QUOTE]
 
Yup, the yoke could move about a quarter of an inch (maybe a touch less).  I thought once I installed the snap ring the yoke would be tight against the housing but that wasn't the case.  I didn't know any better so I buttoned it up and went about business.  Live and learn right ! 
 
 
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11/6/10 12:51pm - Reply: 'Rear end issues'
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Any opinion on this:
 
 
What do you think a fair bid would be ?   Do you think I can trust its well built ?
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11/6/10 12:52pm - Reply: 'Rear end issues'
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Oh well no big deal..I guess the causal part of failure was the diff..I would say that anything drive train related should have very little end play..check your rear wheel bearings also..you really shouldn't feel them move and need a dial indicator to see how good they are..if they are good get the packing tool from Mid America..I don't know if Ecklers has it..since you have the shafts out it only takes a few minutes to grease them..
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11/6/10 12:58pm - Reply: 'Rear end issues'
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Oh, I am new to everything - I bought this car to learn on.  I don't know how to check the wheel bearings :-)
 
I have removed, rebuilt and reinstalled the engine.  Had the trans rebuilt and installed it.  replaced all 6 u-joints.  installed headers and sidepipes, rewired ignition, replaced carpets, seats, seedometer cable and other's things that I just can't recall at the moment.  I have never done any work on a car before.  Just been reading one line, posting on the forum and reading books.  This has been a lot of fun for me.  But I really don't know crap about much ..... but I am learning - or trying to :-)
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11/6/10 1:19pm - Reply: 'Rear end issues'
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on the EBay rebuild it looks to have everything on it..I noticed the ring gear had surface rust on it which makes me think they may not be new..they come with a oil coating on them that prevents rust..unless it was cleaned off..only worry buying it would be who rebuilt it..the guy selling it or someone else..if you are the second owner since the rebuild the warranty it has probably won't transfer to you..price is highly negotiable if he bought it for his car and now doesn't need it.
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11/6/10 1:40pm - Reply: 'Rear end issues'
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Thanks Rich.  I emailed him and he said his reserve was set at $600 -- which is dirt cheap for what he has there.  But I have not yet removed mine to determine what I currently have - I am hoping I am a 3:70 but I suspect I might have a 3:08.  This guy has this one set up as a 3:90 - this might be too much with my comp cam I have (comp cam's thumpr).  My top end might be about 60 !  haha
 
 
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11/6/10 8:52pm - Reply: 'Rear end issues'
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Sorry it took so long to get back I was driving to my moms to hit Chip Millers show in West Chester PA..that diff is really cheap..I don't know what year you have but I have a 3:70 ratio and it tops around 145..65 in 4th is 3k rpm..235/65/15 tires..it depends how you drive it..I get awefull mileage though..I would be tempted to get that rear anyhow..can always swap the ring and pinion out of yours into it.
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11/7/10 6:20am - Reply: 'Rear end issues'
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I removed the differential assembly, drained it and opened it up.  The drivers side yoke has broken in half right where the gears start.  The snap ring is still in place, so that’s why it didn’t make any noise – I was spinning the tire and the yoke was spinning before it connected with the gears.  I don’t know why the other tire wouldn’t spin though?  It’s yoke appears good – I don’t know how to tell if the clutches are gone.

 

So what would cause the yoke to sheer in half like that?  

 

Also, I marked the good yoke and the drive shaft yoke.  I turned the drive shaft yoke about 3.75 turns  for the half shaft yoke to turn once.  Does that sound like I have a 3:70 ?

 

I was going to count gears, but all I can count is that large gear, the rest spins with it so I am not sure what other gear to count to do them math. 

 

I can’t imagine play on the yoke moving in and out would cause it to snap in half.  But I did hear several clunks from the rear within a couple miles of the failure.  So I am at a loss right now, what would cause the clunks and then the yoke to snap in half?  

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11/7/10 6:06pm - Reply: 'Rear end issues'
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Look on the outer edge of the ring gear, and you'll see two numbers. One is the pinion gear tooth count, and the other is the ring gear tooth count. Divide the larger number b y the smaller number, and you get the ratio....for instance, if you see 10  41, then you have a 4:10 ratio.
Or...you can simply look at the bottom of the diff housing, and get the diff code from there.

HEre's the thing about alignments, and that causing yoke failure. It's certainly possible, but I'd say very rare. Ya gotta take into consideration the design of this suspension. The halfshaft IS the upper control arm/link...anytime the car is on the ground, the weight of the car is pushing the yoke into the diff. The only way you could get the alignment off far enough to pull the yoke out, or put undue stress on them, would be to bend the crap out of the lower strut rods, but then the car would be very un-drivable.
Of course, if you are cornering pretty hard, or at high speeds, the pressure on the yoke will be less, but still not enough to pull the yoke outward enough to create an issue.
My thoughts on that yoke failing as quickly as it did was it was prolly just a bad part to start with...that's just my opinion, as I haven't seen the yoke, nor did I see it before it was installed.

What year model car is this, anyway? I keep forgetting, and it's not listed on your profile...Ouch


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11/7/10 8:42pm - Reply: 'Rear end issues'
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Give Jim Stevens a call, he is a suspension specialists. His prices are resonable and stands behind his work. Lots of C-3 members have had work done by him. His #608-365-0911, hope this helps and saves you some money! Tell him your from C-3VR!

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11/12/10 12:04am - Reply: 'Rear end issues'
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Here's what was found on dis-assembly of the diff. The yoke on the far right is from the driver side, the one in the middle is a new one, and the one on the left is from the pass side...it was about to let go, too! The second pic shows how twisted it is. Apparently, the reconditioned yokes that had just been installed were not heat treated properly, and that's what caused the failure...Angry

 Clarification: John was having trouble posting the pics, so he sent them to me, and I'm posting them for him.

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11/12/10 5:00am - Reply: 'Rear end issues'
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Nice! Dare I ask where the broken parts came from? Glad to see Joel ended up with it. How's the rest look inside?
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11/12/10 5:05am - Reply: 'Rear end issues'
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I bought them from Eckler's.  Not sure if the blame for faulty parts can be placed with them, but I will say that I called them and they are taking them back with a 100% refund.
 
I sent Joel the pictures via email.  I took the rear to The Vette Shop in Warminster, PA.   I *might* get it back today, if so I will install it tonight and bring the car to them tomorrow for an alignment and for them to inspect the rear for me. 
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11/12/10 5:44am - Reply: 'Rear end issues'
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Glad to hear Ecklers is standing by their product..how is the vette shop? Not to far from my house but I haven't been there..is it nice?
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