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- May 24, 2015
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Interesting. Did you maintain the differential with regular fluid changes? Fluid level in the differential is important also. I changed the bearings on my 02 at 160k as preventative maintenance and both the bearings as well as axles looked brand new still. I even opened up the bearings and inspected all the rollers and everything was still like new. No scoring or wear of any kind on the axles themselves either.
What noise are you referring to? If you hear gear whine I don’t see how you could hear bearing noise. Have you replaced the bearings? And do you have pics of the worn axles?
I've been doing regular diff oil changes. Not sure what the previous owner did. I got the car at 100k miles. Probably as you infer the previous owner didn't change the lube.
I didn't take pictures of the worn axle because it was at the local axle shop and I didn't think to take a picture. I do remember seeing how it was worn about 1/2 way across.
So far no new bearings or axles. I did have replaced the carrier bearings - which were making quite a racket.