Well, I couldn't be anymore pissed off than what I am know. Those of you that know me, know that I try not to cut any corners and do things the "right" way and with "quality" parts. Well, year before last, when I built the Dana 44 TTB for my 93, I purchased RCV axles, Richmond gears and a Detroit Truetrac Differential, all new. I replaced all the bearings, seals, ball joints, etc... to the tune of about 3K, not including my labor. I pulled all of this out of my 93 , cleaned it up and installed it in my 96. I even went as far as to throw some plating and gussets on the housing to beef it up. So, Thursday the forecast is for a blizzard, 13"-18" of snow with 65-75 mph winds. When I get up at 4:30 it's just starting to rain, like they predicted and changing over to snow at around 6-7 am. I walk outside to the garage and the driveway is a sheet of ice. I put the Bronco in 4WD and head off to work. When I get to the highway, they are salted and clear so I slide the transfer case forward into 2WD and drive the 5 miles to work. As I am getting of the exit, I hear a tic, tic, tic noise from the right front, you know, like when a hub doesn't completely unlock, no biggie, I stop, backup, and the noise goes away. I pull into the parking lot at work and head in. Fast forward 12 hours and we have 10+ inches of snow on the ground and bitterly cold winds freezing everything. I start the truck and clear all the snow off it and pull the T case into 4wd and proceed to head out....or not. The detroit locker in the rear has both tires spinning with nothing in the front. Not a bang, snap, boom, or grinding noise, nuttin.
I leave it in gear because the truck isn't moving and hop out; I see the back wheel turning, the front drive shaft turning, the passenger axle spinning but nothing on the drivers side.
I put it in park and play with the hubs with the transfer case in 2WD and rotate the driveshaft, again, with the passenger side locked in & the drivers side unlocked, I cant spin it. When I reverse the procedure, I can turn the driveshaft but the the drivers axle shaft does nothing. I can spin it by hand, no load on it whatsoever. I make it home and call a buddy to plow for me and after a couple of hours of shoveling I GOOGLE
D44 Front Detroit Truetrac Differential not working and find a lot of people having issues.
Long story short, apparently after a while the bolts are backing out and destroying the units.
Here are a few pics of what I found:
On top of all this, they claim EATON is doing nothing about this. It's -20F with the wind chill here today and even colder tomorrow but it is supposed to be in the 30's Tuesday so maybe I can get this thing thawed out and apart this week. I just hope it hasn't wiped out the housing. I swear to God, sometimes I think I just can't win; you try to build things so they are somewhat bullet proof..... $%*&@
I can't afford to spend $800-1000 so I ordered a $190 open diff for the time being and some bearings, lets hope the rest isn't trashed. Oh yeah, I get to do this all over again next spring when I do my cut-n-turn, 5:38's and now..... probably a Detroit Locker.