Broke Front Diff...Weak Link
To start, my local salvage yard came through. They had a used diff in 1 day for $550, not too bad considering a dealer would have charged me at least $1200 for parts and it would have taken them more than 2 days to get one (I know...I went through that in July).
Taking out the broken pos was not too bad, and it did not require taking apart the bracket for the lift. Digging into the old diff, I found two broken C-clips and a shirred off bolt on one of them and a mess of broken ring teeth (which was the direct result of the broken C-clips). So I developed a question, why is Nissan using case aluminum C-clips on a truck that develops 280+ horse power at the wheels...more than a 1 ton running Dana 60's 25 years ago?! I've heard of this part breaking before, so why hasn't there been a recall. The replacement of these would not take a dealer too long to perform. I'm not saying that it would completely fix the weak axle, but it is a step in the right direction.
So my question is, how do I go about disposing of the old axle? Do I take it to the dealership with the video clip that clearly shows that I was not abusing the truck and have them refund my money lost on a used diff and not push the issue any further? Or do I send the pictures and video clips to Nissan directly? I am so irritated that this truck that I paid $36,000 bucks for will NOT pull back wards without coming apart! Here are some pictures of the broken parts inside the front diff:
Here is the video clip to illustrate the pull: http://videos.streetfire.net/video/s...ens_204255.htm
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