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Hello.

I changed the pinion bearing on my 1999 dodge 2500 cummins.

and i put back the shims that has been there. and if i tighten the pinion nut it will not turn.

My question is if all the shims was put back in place and i over tightened the pinion nut should the pinion still turn?

or i have to have it torqued right? I dont have a 500 torque wrench.

or should i buy a shim (between the yoke and outer bearing?.

I need to fix my diff in2 days the garage will be used after that.

thanks in advance for any help.

espanton@telusplanet.net

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i believe the dana's use a "crush sleeve". it is only good for one use! and you should have changed it also.when you torq the nut down you want to use a rotational torque wrench(NOT the click type).the crush sleeve is a one shot thing and sets the preload on the bearings.

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i have heard someone say you can mark the nut and if you can get it back EXACTLY than you don't need a new c/sbut when i asked my grandpa(ASE certified) he said that was a bad idea

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honestly i was scared, but the tv show EXTREME4X4 showed 2 really detailed episodes. they showed it takes patients but it's not rocket science. unlike transmissions but thats another story

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