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10T Differential

Post by Top_Billing » Sat Jan 13, 2018 12:08 am

Hey gang -- I recently picked up a 10T on ebay and have been rebuilding it. I took apart, cleaned and rebuilt the diff last night, but I'm unable to get it to rotate smoothly once its properly adjusted. The rings and thrust washers had some light scoring, but looked pretty good after sanding. The rotation is not uniformly rough... it only sticks during part of the rotation. Could one one or more of the diff balls be damaged? What's the best way to isolate the problem?

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Re: 10T Differential

Post by GoMachV » Sat Jan 13, 2018 12:14 am

In my experience the thrust is usually the cause of the notchyness. If you didn’t clean them and rebuild with fresh black grease I would try that first. The diff rebuild kit for a TC3 is perfect and comes with all you need. Part number 3926
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Re: 10T Differential

Post by Top_Billing » Sat Jan 13, 2018 1:56 am

Thanks. I used TLR white grease actually. I'll get some associated black grease and give it another shot.

Separate question -- the manual does not say to lube between the rings and out drives, but other diffs I have typically do so I went ahead and added some. This couldn't be causing problems, could it?

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Re: 10T Differential

Post by jwscab » Sat Jan 13, 2018 3:05 am

If you didn't change the balls, that is the problem. Grease really won't change smoothness particularly in the thrust assembly. If the rings were sanded and have no score marks visible they shouldn't be a problem.

Not critical on grease behind the rings.

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Re: 10T Differential

Post by RC10th » Sat Jan 13, 2018 3:23 am

Clean everything well and flip the rings and thrust washers over if they haven't been flipped already. If it's still crunchy after it's time to replace all rings/thrust balls/washers. The main diff balls rarely need replacing so you can re-use those.

Use only clear diff grease on the main balls/rings and black on the thrust assembly.
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Re: 10T Differential

Post by Top_Billing » Mon Jan 15, 2018 6:05 pm

Thanks, everyone. I rebuilt the diff again and flipped both the rings and washers. The random roughness is gone, but it still doesn't feel all that smooth to me. I've ordered the rebuild kit and will see if that does it.

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