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Old 10-31-2009, 10:51 PM
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I just bought a 1994 LX 6 cyl stick and it's great but the seller said the rear end might be going out (has been making a noise for about a year that quiets down as it warms up) and wondering what it's going to cost to have the rear end repaired (replaced?) if it finally goes out. Any one paid to have this kind of work done in a shop?
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Old 11-01-2009, 04:16 AM
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Tough to say without knowing the specific problem. Are you talking about the diff?
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Old 11-01-2009, 05:55 AM
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It really depends on where you are located.
Dealer shop time where I live is $90 an hour or more.
Private auto repair shops are the $65 an hour range.
The job will flat rate to about 6 hrs., that does not include any parts.

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Old 11-01-2009, 05:58 AM
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Without knowing what's actually wrong, we can't really give you much of a good figure. There's sooooo many variables in this. Pinion bearings? Carrier bearings? Axle bearings? Too much wear on the ring and pinion? If you choose to go to a shop to repair it, go to a dedicated shop for axles and transmissions....a driveline shop. They generally will know exactly what you're dealing with, without having to deal with people at a dealership or a no-name shop that that don't know what their talking about and will likely send it off to a specialty shop anyhow. Standard ring and pinion setup/carrier swap, at least for me, runs about $200 labor per axle plus cost of parts. That figure varies greatly shop to shop.


Cheapest bet no matter what: Low mile junkyard replacement axle. Prices can range as little as $100 and upwards of $350, and usually never more than $500(junkyards prices vary ALOT from yard to yard). Still cheaper than if they want to do a complete and total rebuild using new gears and bearing kits, plus cost of setup and other assiciated labor costs.
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Old 11-01-2009, 06:07 AM
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Agree with Shane find one in a junk yard 100-400 dollar range

I know here for a shop to install new gears it is 1K dollars
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Old 11-01-2009, 08:51 AM
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4x4 or 2x4?
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Without knowing what's actually wrong, we can't really give you much of a good figure. There's sooooo many variables in this. Pinion bearings? Carrier bearings? Axle bearings? Too much wear on the ring and pinion? If you choose to go to a shop to repair it, go to a dedicated shop for axles and transmissions....a driveline shop. They generally will know exactly what you're dealing with, without having to deal with people at a dealership or a no-name shop that that don't know what their talking about and will likely send it off to a specialty shop anyhow. Standard ring and pinion setup/carrier swap, at least for me, runs about $200 labor per axle plus cost of parts. That figure varies greatly shop to shop.


Cheapest bet no matter what: Low mile junkyard replacement axle. Prices can range as little as $100 and upwards of $350, and usually never more than $500(junkyards prices vary ALOT from yard to yard). Still cheaper than if they want to do a complete and total rebuild using new gears and bearing kits, plus cost of setup and other assiciated labor costs.
Ditto. If you use a dedicated axle shop you'll save. When I did the l/s on my Ranger all the general repair shops wanted $400-700 labor with me supplying the l/s (and that didn't include a bearing/seal kit if needed which was another $130.) I found an axle shop that everyone recommended and it was only $190. So shop around.
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Old 11-01-2009, 09:06 PM
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You're right, I'm afraid I haven't described much about the symptoms (and I don't know a lot about mechanics). The seller told me (he is a neighbor and trying to be honest) there has been a sound coming from the rear for about a year that has gotten progressively louder with time. (I'm partially deaf so i can't actually hear it myself.) He said it is kind of a whirling or whining sound. He said when the truck warms up the noise quiets down. (I can't hear it at all.) It's a 2 WD with 195M on it, but I really like it. He said he thought it might be a wheel bearing or the rear end, but that's about all he could tell me. It seems to drive OK. I am just trying to get a handle on whether I'll be able to afford to repair it or have to get rid of it and whether it can wait til it actually goes out or if that will only make the repair cost more. Some of you gave advice about me doing it myself but I have no ability and no place to do it so the idea about taking it to a specialty shop is really good advice. How do you suppose I find a shop like that (I'm not in a big city but this is a big car repair town - Brainerd Internaitonal Raceway is here so there are probably shops, if I can find them. Any more advice with this new information would really be appreciated. Thanks a load!


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Without knowing what's actually wrong, we can't really give you much of a good figure. There's sooooo many variables in this. Pinion bearings? Carrier bearings? Axle bearings? Too much wear on the ring and pinion? If you choose to go to a shop to repair it, go to a dedicated shop for axles and transmissions....a driveline shop. They generally will know exactly what you're dealing with, without having to deal with people at a dealership or a no-name shop that that don't know what their talking about and will likely send it off to a specialty shop anyhow. Standard ring and pinion setup/carrier swap, at least for me, runs about $200 labor per axle plus cost of parts. That figure varies greatly shop to shop.


Cheapest bet no matter what: Low mile junkyard replacement axle. Prices can range as little as $100 and upwards of $350, and usually never more than $500(junkyards prices vary ALOT from yard to yard). Still cheaper than if they want to do a complete and total rebuild using new gears and bearing kits, plus cost of setup and other assiciated labor costs.
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get a phone book and look under drive train for a repair shop. Places here will look at it for free to let you know what "maybe" wrong. Of course they pull the diff. cover off they will have to fill it back up and that cost some money
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Old 11-03-2009, 06:44 PM
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i would get a used low mile rear end $200 -$300 for a posi factory rear end.. you can even go to a disk brake rear end for that price. the repair on yours with that many mile should be replacing everything but axle shafts and housing everything else wears out over time at 200K miles time is about up for everything

I have a few rear end here that are under $300
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