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Recently acquired a 1998 Dodge Ram 1500 and wanted to start all maintenance from square one because I don't know ...


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Old 01-20-2017, 09:57 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Recently acquired a 1998 Dodge Ram 1500 and wanted to start all maintenance from square one because I don't know its history. Today I changed the rear differential fluid, and found these little guys stuck to the magnet at the bottom of the case (penny included for scale). The guts of the diff looked fine, so I'm confused as to where they came from.

I've driven it nearly 2000 miles since I got it, and it drives just fine. Any one know what they are?
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Old 01-20-2017, 11:35 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I don't know what those are, my only guess would be something from the limited slip clutch pack. I don't recall anything being that thin in there aside from a few pieces, but those are round.

If it works, I wouldn't bother with it.
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Lsd clutch parts is my guess see if it will spin both tires or just one if its equipped with the lsd and all you do is a 1 wheel peel then you know
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Definitely part of the limited slip. Probably part of the discs broken off.

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Would this mean that my diff will simply function as a standard differential, or is it destined to explode on the freeway? I use the truck to haul firewood and furniture on non-rainy days while driving on paved roads, so a standard differential is all I need.
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