[Healeys] Locked Differential OK

Michael MacLean rrengineer.mike at att.net
Thu Sep 28 13:13:38 MDT 2017

I take the blame for the ring gear being stuck in the carrier.  Today I pulled the pumpkin and the pinion shaft would still not rotate, except for the play that is supposed to be in it.  I found the ring gear immobile in the carrier.  It then dawned on me that the shop that had checked out my pumpkin had said it just needed some sludge cleaned out and it would be fine.  I proceeded to spray the gears with a degreaser.  It cleaned up well and everything still turned fine.  I guess I took so long getting the axle case hot tanked along with several days painting it that the ring gear stuck in place by a slight surface corrosion.  I sprayed it with some Busty and worked it back and forth a few times and now it turns easily and silently.  I reinstalled it in the case and it still turns very nicely.  I don't think I did any real damage and I am just going to go with it, but I am installing the back plates and hubs as soon as possible so I can put some gear oil in there and get it coated well.  I am my own worst enemy.  Thanks for all the suggestions from the list, but you all forgot the dumbass factor or were too kind to mention it.Mike MacLean

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