Workin on chit thread

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Figured we might as well have a workin on chit thread n stuff.
Noticed the other day I had a bad grinding sound when I put my truck in 4wd. I took it to a neighbor mechanic fella so he could give it a listen. He said sounded like the chain was skipping. He then said my options were to buy a used one for $500, buy a new one for $2k or if he tore into mine to repair it it'd cost $1500. I came home and called another mechanic buddy and took it to him. We did some listening and looking and he said he thought it was probably the chain. I brought it home and gave everything else a good checking to be sure before ordering parts. I wound up putting the truck on blocks and having my wife operate the truck while I listened underneath and checked things. I went to town and bought me a scope camera and stuck it in the fill hole of the t-case so I could watch the chain. Yup, definitely chain skipping and slapping around. I ordered the parts and tore it down today and got it close to put back together. I had also noticed my center support/carrier bearing was shot. Bearing was still good but rubber support was cooked. I replaced that too. So, IF this fixes my problem, which I'm pretty confident it will, I saved myself about $1250 near as I can tell. Surely my wife will gladly hand me $600 to spend how I wish.
Oh for those wondering, this is a 2010 3500 Ram 4x4 with 6.7 cummins G56 handshaker with a Valair dual disk clutch. The t-case is a New Process 271d. Truck is pretty much like a rugah in that it'll rotate earf when you let the clutch out.
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Oh man, sounds like fun stuff. Actually, I like doing projects that saves hunerds if not thousants of dollars. It’s how I justify my other hobby’s...
Most definitely! The only way I can afford to buy more stuff is to do most of my own repairs. My wife even slid under the truck with me on the spare creeper.
 

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I'm no mechanic, but I really like wrenching on my own cars. I figured I'll either save a bunch of money by fixing it, or can't and have to pay anyway. Luckily, I haven't run across something I couldn't tackle yet. Wheel bearings suck. Torsion bar replacement sucks. Rear mains suck. But I can't imagine the labor I saved on all of it. Of course, all that saved money ended up becoming tools, but they've paid for themselves I suppose.

Kudos for tackling it yourself. The world doesn't have enough of that these days.
 

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I'm no mechanic, but I really like wrenching on my own cars. I figured I'll either save a bunch of money by fixing it, or can't and have to pay anyway. Luckily, I haven't run across something I couldn't tackle yet. Wheel bearings suck. Torsion bar replacement sucks. Rear mains suck. But I can't imagine the labor I saved on all of it. Of course, all that saved money ended up becoming tools, but they've paid for themselves I suppose.

Kudos for tackling it yourself. The world doesn't have enough of that these days.
Yup. I got the new scope camera thing this time. This thang is handy. I've almost got my daughters convinced I can use it for dentistry.
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Love the ending, and yup fixing chit to save big $$ is the way we roll.. Saved myself many a $$, Youtube often plays part too on the automotive fixes.. I need to hone my butchering skills, that's an area where I see saving $$.. And yet comes another funny ^^ nice camera scope.. MAYBE you can do some preg checking with it too, LOL..
 
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