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Old 08-27-2010, 10:17 PM   #1
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Rear Differential Gone Bad!!!!!

On my 2006 fleetwood discovery on a frightliner chassi xcs I have 28000 miles, I bought It used so I decided to change the rear axle fluid but when I pulled out the plug the fluid was black and there was quite a bit of metal and metal shaving the pices are not that big but maybe a little biger then a grain of rice, I filled It back up with new oil and drove It for 50 miles, first thing tomorrow morning I will drain It again to see If there Is anything else caming out, hopefully that was just from the brake In period I dont think the fluid was ever changed before, anybody ever expenrienced anything like this in the past, thanks Joe.
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Old 08-28-2010, 07:20 PM   #2
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On my 2006 fleetwood discovery on a frightliner chassi xcs I have 28000 miles, I bought It used so I decided to change the rear axle fluid but when I pulled out the plug the fluid was black and there was quite a bit of metal and metal shaving the pices are not that big but maybe a little biger then a grain of rice, I filled It back up with new oil and drove It for 50 miles, first thing tomorrow morning I will drain It again to see If there Is anything else caming out, hopefully that was just from the brake In period I dont think the fluid was ever changed before, anybody ever expenrienced anything like this in the past, thanks Joe.
That much metal, of that size, is NOT good news - looks like major differential repair or replacement is on the near horizon - sorry.
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I know its not looking good over here. Thank God for the extended warranty it may pay it self on the first repair, did anybody else ever had a rear go bad?
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Might not wish to disclose you change the fluid for the warranty work. It would just provide them a possibility to deny the claim.
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If you just bought the coach, the warranty company will claim its pre-existing condition. And in this instance would be correct.
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I know its not looking good over here. Thank God for the extended warranty it may pay it self on the first repair, did anybody else ever had a rear go bad?
You would think that if they accept your money for an ESP on a used coach, it would be their responsibility to inspect the coach prior. But they generally have all the legalities and fine print in order for themselves, not the customer.
Look in your owners manual , at the maintenance schedule and see when the differntial oil should have been changed. If it was supposed to be changed before you bought it either by miles or time, then they will probably want to see your receipts. If you didn't get them, good luck with the ESP.
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Man you guys are scareing me with all that negative beedback.
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Old 08-29-2010, 11:08 PM   #8
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ninos: Extended warranty normally covers the drive train. If the differential is bad expect it to be covered...
Most warranty contracts require prior approval before any work is done, be sure your repair shop gets that authorization. .

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Old 08-31-2010, 11:24 AM   #10
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looks like i have a mercedes rear in my mh and Its a sealed unit there Is no parts for that, the only thing that can be done Is replacing the complete rear, as anyone had one go bad on they're rv?
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Got the mh back yesterday they put in a new rear and the insurance company paid for the all thing I paid for the deductible $100.00 and I had To pay for the over night for the rear because I needed themh to go on a trip that we had planed. The insurance paid around $4000.00 so the warranty in my case was worthwhile it paid it self on the first repair. Joe
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Good deal,thats the way it should work.
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Small metal shavings are normal in differential oil. Its possible that your differential did not need replacing but its done. You have piece of mind and your dealer has lots of cash. Everyone is happy except the insurance company. Do we feel sorry for them? naaaaaaaaaaaaaaa.
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There should never be any metal in the diff oil, and that oil should be full, clean, and new looking even after 10 years. And of course it should have "that smell"

Glad you gotter fixed up.
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