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Knocked a metal ring off aft end of drive shaft

Discussion in 'Dodge Ram Power Wagon' started by SeaSickSailor, Jun 30, 2020.

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    SeaSickSailor Senior Member Military

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    E6A9FF8E-DECB-43F8-B674-DA0A347EDB95.jpeg In the picture you can see the metal ring that I have secured out of the way of the rotating drive shaft. It’s normally around the bright shiny ring just aft of the universal shown. There was a rubber strip between the two. Is this just a balancing ring? I didn’t notice any difference driving at highway speeds for 6 hours. I plan to take her into the dealer to get it fixed but need a little education first. Any forum members with experience here? Thanks.
     
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    I have all the parts and nothing was broken so it should just be a matter of installation. Not sure that I can compress the rubber strip enough to get the ring back on though. What does that outer ring do? It looks uniform all round so I can’t imagine it is for balancing the drive shaft, etc.
     
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    It’s more like a harmonic dampener as opposed to a balance weight. You probably won’t be able reassemble it but would have to replace it. You could probably take it off and never notice the difference... But I personally would fix it.
     
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    It should be under warranty so I’ll see what the dealer says. Thanks.
     
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    Yeah definitely take it in and tell them. Hopefully they don’t try and say you knocked it off...
     

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