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Old 03-06-2011, 12:58 PM
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Default Rear end going out, confusion on locking diff

Ok so I've noticed a really loud whirring noise coming from my rear end. i know its going out. But I'm trying to figure out what rear end i have so i can start getting it fixed. all the paperwork with the truck says it has the g80. the mechanic that looked at it told me it was an open rear end. went to the Chevy dealer they ran my VIN and said it was in fact the limited slip. But everything i read says put the truck in neutral spin your tires by hand and if it spins this way or that way its locked or open. Now im not horribly familiar with the workings of the limited slip, but isn't that the point? one tire will spin before locking both in? so unless you can spin your tire super fast by hand you're not going to get your limited slip to engage. feel free to correct me and add any info you guys have. im just sick of that noise in nthe rear end and want to get it fixed soon
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Old 03-08-2011, 03:40 PM
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If thats your truck in the picture, it is a limited slip. Chevy does not put true posi lockers in their rear ends, you would eat rear ends and tires. If its Z71 it will be 3.73 limited slip.
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Old 03-09-2011, 08:27 AM
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Hey Country Boy,

To answer your question, you probably have the g80 locking diff if the dealer said the vehicle came stock with it via the vin. You do NOT have a posi-trac as stated in the previous post. A posi rear end is locked (both rear tires receiving equal torque) ALL the time. You probably don't have an open diff (only one wheel receives torque, EVER) either.

Now here is your confusion when you get the rear tires off the ground. The G80 locking diff defaults to an open diff setting (one wheel wonder) for normal driving. This is so Chevy can get that great fuel mileage. The G80 is a mechanical system that uses centrifugal force to engage and disengage the locking system. When the internal mechanism senses an approximately 100 rpm difference in rotation between the left and right tires, it locks the rear end giving you equal torque to both wheels. At approximately 35 mph, another mechanism (again using centrifugal force) disengages the unit and it returns to an open diff for fuel economy.

So, when you lift the rear tires off the ground, and spin one tire, the axle will act as an open diff. Because you are not spinning the tires fast enough to engage the locking assembly inside the axle.

The G80 is also known as the grenade. This is because guys and gals like to slam on the gas and do burn outs or other silly things. Doing this creates extensive pressure on the locking mechanism. To much torque and BOOM!! no more locking mechanism or rear end depending on the damage done.

But under normal driving conditions, this rear end can be a life saver. I was up in N. Carolina and had to move off onto the shoulder of a small mountain road to allow an 18 wheeler to pass. Upon driving the passenger tires onto the REALLY SOFT shoulder, I knew to keep my left tires on the pavement. When the truck passed, I began to try and drive back onto the road. Of course my right side tire began to spin and I was going nowhere. A second later, I felt the left side tire engage and I began to move forward and was able to easily drive back onto the pavement. This was not the case for an Explorer 1/2 mile up the road who had parked the same way I had. Unfortunately for him he only had an open diff and had the right side tire completely buried. The left tire was on the pavement but it did him absolutely no good.

Hope this helps.

Eric
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Old 03-11-2011, 12:28 AM
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hey guys thanks alot. i had a picture of my rear end opened up from when i changed fluid and had my mechanic look at it, and he said it was an open dif, like somebody already put a new rear end in it. i could be going crazy but i swear ive felt it lock in before. now at this point i dont know what to do i got an estimate to fix it but that was using pre-loved parts and i just cant afford it right now. id like to do new parts but ive heard alot of people having gear noise after new parts. guess il just drive it til it goes out for good and worry about it then
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Old 03-12-2011, 08:44 PM
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hey guys thanks alot. i had a picture of my rear end opened up from when i changed fluid and had my mechanic look at it, and he said it was an open dif, like somebody already put a new rear end in it. i could be going crazy but i swear ive felt it lock in before. now at this point i dont know what to do i got an estimate to fix it but that was using pre-loved parts and i just cant afford it right now. id like to do new parts but ive heard alot of people having gear noise after new parts. guess il just drive it til it goes out for good and worry about it then

Sounds like a good plan. If people hear noises from new parts, it is probably because they didn't set the back lash properly. If everything is installed correctly, there SHOULD be no noise from the axle.

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