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jenylb
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Nov 30, 2011, 5:09 PM

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1994 Chevy Silverado Sign In

Alright so, I have a 94 chevy silverado and I've been told I need a new rear end. It sounds like an airplane taking off honestly. But my gear ration is 3.73 I have 4 wheel drive so I guess its K1500? Two door, extended cab, short bed. I don't exactly know how to go about getting a new axle or what to look for when I do. I don't wanna get taken advantage of just because I don't really know Sh!t. So anyone have helpful tips, what to check for, even places I can check out for used ones? I want to be involved in the whole process as much as possible because I want to learn as much as I can about my truck and kinda take care of things myself one day. So any advice?


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Nov 30, 2011, 5:50 PM

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I would just find a qualified shop that has the equipment and knowledge to repair yours. The dealer may be the only reliable option.



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jenylb
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Nov 30, 2011, 5:56 PM

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Re: 1994 Chevy Silverado Sign In

except I don't have a Sh!t ton of money so thats kinda out of the question..but thanks


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Nov 30, 2011, 6:06 PM

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You don't have much for options. You certainly are not equipped to assemble a differential yourself and if you are going to try to go with a used unit, it will be a bit difficult to find and likely not much cheaper than repairing yours. It will also carry a lot more risk.



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(This post was edited by Hammer Time on Nov 30, 2011, 6:06 PM)


jenylb
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Nov 30, 2011, 6:31 PM

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Re: 1994 Chevy Silverado Sign In

I know I don't have to many options. I know a couple people who are willing to help out but I need to know a little more about it before I'm like "here lets do it"


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Nov 30, 2011, 6:35 PM

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Rebuilding is not an option for you. That requires extensive knowledge and equipment.



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jenylb
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Nov 30, 2011, 6:44 PM

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Well you wanna come fix it for me? Haha just kidding. Like I said, I have a few mechanic friends they're just busy currently and I have some knowledge I just don't want to do it by myself and yes, I do need the tools. I just figure its cheaper to do it that way then taking it to a shop unless one of you lovely fellas (ladies) wanna help out..


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Nov 30, 2011, 6:46 PM

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Apparently you're just not listening so good luck with that.



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Nov 30, 2011, 6:46 PM

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I'd get a salvage yard rear end myself. Our shop has had pretty good luck with used rear ends.

Most salvage yard employees are pretty knowledgeable about which rear end should fit in your truck. Also most salvage yards will give you a warranty in case you get a bum rear end, so check into that. Before you put the salvage yard rear end in, pull the cover and inspect inside. It is also wise to pull the axles and inspect the axle shafts, inspect the axle bearings, and replace the axle seals.

It isn't that difficult to replace a rear end. Rebuilding that rear end would be a waste of time and money.





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jenylb
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Nov 30, 2011, 6:48 PM

Post #10 of 14 (6564 views)
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i know i need new bearing for sure, i'll check out the rest. you aren't anywhere near alaska are you? either way thanks.


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Nov 30, 2011, 6:54 PM

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Rebuilding that rear end would be a waste of time and money.


That's one opinion............ not mine



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Nov 30, 2011, 6:58 PM

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That's one opinion............ not mine


Not sure what you mean by that.

A shop overhauling the rear end would probably charge around 6 hrs or more to replace what is worn out or damaged and set up the rear end. That doesn't include the pinion/carrier/axle bearings and races, seals. It might also need a ring and pinion, shim kit, and possibly a differential gear set also.

Just isn't worth putting over a grand into a rear end that is common as dirt. If it was something rare, I would reconsider.





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(This post was edited by Discretesignals on Nov 30, 2011, 7:28 PM)


mechanic79
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Dec 8, 2011, 5:53 PM

Post #13 of 14 (6502 views)
Re: 1994 Chevy Silverado Sign In

has the rearend been leaking in the past?


jenylb
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Dec 9, 2011, 11:32 AM

Post #14 of 14 (6485 views)
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I just got the truck, drove it about a week. When I first bought it I took it to boreman's and he drilled the screw/bolt out because it was stripped and was suppose to put fluid in it. My friend checked it out cause it was still making noise (horrible airplane noises) and it was dry as Sh!t. So he put fluid in it. I've found a rear end and am hoping after that it becomes a truck again and not an airplane. I know it needs more work and electrical work also so hopefully get it done. What's a good amount to give this guy for helping, any ideas?






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