Join Date: Jul 2000
Location: Northern New York
I am currently rebuilding my 12 bolt rear end (first time) and i am stuck with a few questions. First, I can't figure out how to install the smaller pinion bearing back onto the pinion shaft. It appears that the bearing has to be placed back into the rear end housing and then have the pinion shaft pressed into the bearing but i can't seem to get it. I've tried to use the splined yoke piece to press the bearing back on by tightening the end nut but it seems to make the bearing bind ( definetly more then in/lbs of torque needed to rotate.
The second question is around using a dial indicator to check pinion depth. I am using the original ring and pinion gear and just replacing the bearings, sleeves and the crush sleeve. I have heard opinions that if the rear end worked before and you are just replacing the above mentioned parts, you should be able to get by with just checking contact patterns of the pinion & ring gear.
Any help would be greatly appreciated.( i am beginning to feel that i am over my head)
thanks in advance.