Mysterious metal in rear differential

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  1. TX12

    TX12 Junior Member

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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). :whymewhyme: 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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    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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