Rearend pinion missing tooth

Discussion in '1998 - 2011 Ford Ranger' started by Musquash13, Nov 23, 2010.

  1. Musquash13

    Musquash13 New Member

    Hello. I have a 99 ranger 2wd auto. Recently I rebuilt and replaced my spider gears in my rear differential. After doing so I messed up when putting my S springs back in. I drove it (immediatley hearing a clunk) for about 30 miles and then took off my rear end cover. The s springs/clips were nothing but metal shavings. I completly cleaned out my rear end again but noticed the only damage done was one tooth was broke off my pinion gear, everything else looks great. I put it back together and it runs fine but of course it whines quite loud while driving. Has anyone ever drove with a tooth missing on their pinion? I am wondering how long it will last like this. Apprx how many miles can I get like this. I know people will say it is not safe so should not drive but how long can I get out of it with one tooth missing. What additional damage will it do. What will likely happen when it let's go. Thanks for any input as funds are tight.
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  3. shovelmike

    shovelmike New Member

    The fix right now is a new ring gear and pinion, if you wait until it goes out the repair will be the same.
    It's hard to guess how long it will run that way. When it fails you will most likely just coast to the side of the road, but if your luck is like mine it will be at the most inconvenient time.
  4. Brinker88

    Brinker88 Black sheep o' the family

    NEVER drive a vehicle that has a missing tooth!

    They have a tendency to lock up and tear your driveshaft to pieces, which in turn ruins your transmission. I would get a new axle. It would be cheaper in the long run. Where are you located at? I have an extra 8.8 I'd be willing to sell you fairly cheap. Has brand new brakes on it.

    Im located in PA if your close, we could meet up.
  5. Black mamba

    Black mamba The mannnn

    Ummmmm... Wtf...
  6. lol He's ragin...

    It is a pretty bad idea though.

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