My 1st experience dismantling my rear diff, very cool but ends up all my gears are ok.
I heard a few crunches while summit playing, the lock lever was not engaging properly so I decided to take the plunge.
It appears I have pinion end play. When I push in on the pinion shaft towards the ring gear it feels crunchy yet when I pull on the pinion its very smooth to turn. I have approxmently 3/16ths play.
I am not sure if thats normal. If I were to install shims it would have the same effect as pushing the pinion gear towards the ring gear which again feels crunchy. My diff itself is very smooth with no end play. I also noticed the lock lever gets hooked up every once in a while yet inspecting the operation I see no fault.
Any advice much appreciated!