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Old 07-05-2010, 12:26 PM   #15
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FWIW Each of us have a different level of hearing deficit. Trying to troubleshoot by simply listening is not very effecient. I am not sure feeling vibration is much better for the slight vibrations either. Checking the lubricant for metal is a much better technique for us older guys. This also requires a trend type analysis unless there are large flakes present.
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I lost a ford truck rear on a truck i purchased new at about 85,000 miles
the setup - spacing on a rear is the life of the gears - the ford had a shim
which came loose and that was that - also the reverse wear from towing will over time add to the backlash of the gear set. a rear will not las as long in a towed/driven vehicle as will in a driven only vehicle - the gears are just not designed for that.
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Old 07-12-2010, 10:42 AM   #17
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pwechols You make a great point. If we want to keep the vehicle as a high mileage toad, maybe we should be adjusting the differential gear pre-load to try to get a longer life out of the rear. I dragged a Chevy Tracker for over 70,000 and drove it for another 50,000 before I gave it to my son. He has been driving it for 4 years now with no problems.
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Old 07-13-2010, 11:50 AM   #18
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I have been flat towing my 2002 V6 Explorer since it was new with no problem using the dealer installed neutral tow kit. Now it is an extra car that I keep just tow and other odd jobs so I don't want to put money into it. It has about 95K miles on it. Recently I learned that the differential is going. I only actually drive it a couple K per year so I'm going not going to repair it now. I am told it will just get noisier and the sound will drive me crazy before it finally breaks down. Does anyone know if towing it flat wears out the differential? Any other parts of the drive train get worn?
To answer your question; Does flat towing wear out your differential? Answer: No it will not wear it out, but it will add to the mileage.

All of the components on your Toad have service intervals. Oil, coolant, transmission, brakes, transfer case (if it has one), and yes differentials.

Look at the Toad owners manual and see what the interval is specified for servicing the differential(s). It is likely to be 30-60K miles. Add your towing miles to the mileage of the Toad and use that as the service mileage guideline for your differentials.

To add one additional service interval to the differentials you would have to tow it over 30K miles.

I would argue that differential gears that begin making noises were either set up incorrectly in the first place or damaged in some way (no servicing).

NOTE: adding mileage to the odometer for service intervals is also valid for transfer case, tires, bearings, and brakes (if you use a toad braking system). The only way a trailer wins in the service area is that it does not have a transfer case or any differentials.
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I lost a ford truck rear on a truck i purchased new at about 85,000 miles
the setup - spacing on a rear is the life of the gears - the ford had a shim
which came loose and that was that - also the reverse wear from towing will over time add to the backlash of the gear set. a rear will not las as long in a towed/driven vehicle as will in a driven only vehicle - the gears are just not designed for that.
It would seem that if tow caused inappropriate wear then vehicles driven in mountainous or hilly areas would also be exposed as coasting down a grade causes similar wear.
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