This 1972 Chevy Nova with LS power has a really bad noise coming from its 12 bolt rear end. In this episode I take you through the process of diagnosing and repairing this noise. I also cover backlash, pinion bearing preload, bearing installation, setting pinion depth, reading gear tooth patterns, installing new gears, and other tips and tricks to make sure that the differential in your vehicle stays quiet and strong.
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Sorry I don’t have direct links to the parts used in the video as they were brought to me along with the car. These are the places where I get most of my differential parts and accessories.
Summit Racing: https://www.summitracing.com
Randy’s Worldwide: https://www.randysworldwide.com
Info on Identifying 12 Bolt Differentials: https://www.onedirt.com/tech/drivetrain/12-bolt-rearend-guide/
Diagnosing Ring and Pinion Issues: https://www.onallcylinders.com/2014/03/21/gear-doctor-quick-guide-diagnosing-common-ring-pinion-issues/
Pinion Depth Measuring Tool: https://www.raceplumbing.net/TD-Machine-11001-Pinion-Depth-Gauge-Deluxe-Dial-Indicator-Fixtures-GM-Dana-Ford-Mopar-Kit_p_84187.html
Dial Indicator Set (Checking Backlash): https://www.jbtoolsales.com/central-tools-3d102-dial-indicator-set-with-on-off-magnetic-base#oid=1002_1
Bleepin Jeep Pinion Tool: https://store.bleepinjeep.com/product/yoke-wrench-tool/
Astro Pneumatic Bushing/Seal Driver Kit: https://www.jbtoolsales.com/astro-pneumatic-7824-bearing-race-and-seal-driver-set#oid=1002_1
Shim Installation Tool: https://www.summitracing.com/parts/yga-56077?seid=srese1&cm_mmc=pla-google-_-shopping-_-srese1-_-yukon-gear-axle&gclid=CJ6Dj-DSxc0CFQgaaQodKbgFjA
Milwaukee Angle Die Grinder: https://milwaukeetool.com/Products/Power-Tools/Metalworking/Grinders/2485-22
Inch Pound Torque Wrench: https://www.jbtoolsales.com/precision-instruments-d2f150hm-torque-wrench-dial-with-memory-needle-3-8-dr-150-in-lb#oid=1002_1
CRC Brake Cleaner (5 Gallon): https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000M8PYRY/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title
Brake Cleaner Sprayer: https://www.jbtoolsales.com/titan-tools-tekz-19419-spot-spray-non-aerosol-sprayer#oid=1002_1
CRC Rags: Sorry, I believe these are discontinued
What’s That Noise in My Differential?: https://youtu.be/lv94-bItw-I
How To Use a Pinion Depth Measuring Tool: https://youtu.be/S61Ut8tOu1o
ETCGDadsTruck Axle/Differential Rebuild (Part 1): https://youtu.be/F439MFi6qIk
ETCGDadsTruck Axle/Differential Rebuild (Part 2): https://youtu.be/vkSvYCqrlOI
How To Clean, Prep, and Paint a Differential FairmontProject: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=il8nDlCepyc
Ford 8.8″ Differential Complete Tear Down FairmontProject: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Plvg0NTLraA
Ford 8.8 Assembly & Set Up (Part 1) FairmontProject: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5fARhE7v5Bg
Ford 8.8 Assembly & Set Up (Part 2) FairmontProject: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=npUBF9Wj1Iw
Ford 8.8 Final Assembly FairmontProject: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P3Pb_eNLkQc
ETCGDadsTruck Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kCepnacqRuI&list=PLSzhQ6St-ov1g_GML2aVq6EN-_ShJ9G2o
The FairmontProject Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L22GsHQi7tU&list=PLSzhQ6St-ov2nxWVKCeU14Vt7JJ_QSZvs
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