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Dodge Dakota Differential Cover

Issues with Your Dodge Dakota Differential Cover

Having a good rear is an asset for both a person and a car. A proper fit and look for your Dakota are all that you need to be able to strut your car's tail confidently on the road. Men may not admit it, but more than a thousand would love to drive down that road while having other car owners go: "Dude, nice rear!", "Bro, nice back", or "That's some nice junk, bro." Getting this small bit of confidence is just a matter of knowing your Dodge Dakota differential cover. We listed the answers to some problems experienced that may have been preventing you from strutting your car's backside.

Stripped holes

The biggest concern for a differential cover is the fit of the bolts to the holes. Car owners normally find themselves with a bolt that would not go in the hole, causing the cover to hang loosely. This problem is usually an issue of the hole not being drilled deep enough. A simple rethreading and deepening would solve this; there are also kits in the market that come with a special tap and drill to help you out.

Noise

A noisy back isn't really something to prance. Noise coming from the differential cover can be caused by a number of things; a good way to determine the cause is listening to the amount of noise being created.

Weak rumbles or whines are usually caused by the pinion bearings of the differential assembly. The pinion bearings are likely not compatible with the parts and/or the cover. The bolts may also have become loose because of wear. Meanwhile, regular banging or clunking at normal driving speed is a sign of broken gears or the lack of lubricant in the differential assembly. There is also a chance that the cover is hanging too loosely on the vehicle. It is best that you get a second opinion before replacing or tightening any bolts on the assembly.

Vibration

Most car owners automatically dismiss the vibrations from the differential as a result of a loose differential cover. Although this is true in a number of cases, it is best not to jump to any conclusions. Vibrations can also be caused by old, worn u-joints or a driveshaft that fell out of balance. It is best to check these as well when you are troubleshooting the vibrations.

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  • Tips to Properly Keep the Dodge Dakota Differential Cover On 27 February 2013

    Taking care of your car's rear appearance is as important as taking care of the front; people can see it as much. It is easy for other drivers to spot something worth criticizing at your backside: the license plate brackets, the tires, the rear bumper, and the differential cover. However, it is equally easy for you to avoid all the mockery by simply maintaining the parts on your rear. Focusing on your Dodge Dakota differential cover, we listed some tips to keep it in good shape as well as give you the needed confidence to shake your lovely behind on the road.


    Don't overfill the differential


    Most sellers now advertise by saying that their differential assemblies have bigger capacities. And being the consumers that we all are, we fall for it by going all out when we fill the differential. But we tell you that you should always keep the differential in check; it is advisable to be little shy from reaching the maximum capacity of your differential. An overfilled differential risks blowing out the cover's pinion seals, which can cause leaking and shaking.


    Leave a little play


    Unlike most parts in your car, it is good for the bolts of the differential cover to have a little play (a little allowance for movement). Being torqued on too tightly risks a rigid assembly and allows little allowance for the differential assembly. However, remember that we added the word "little", meaning the cover still needs to be properly secured.


    Clean and flush regularly


    Given that the cover is exposed to the liquids inside the assembly as well as the dirt outside, it is best to clean it every six months or so. It is good if you could wipe or brush the exterior part of the cover to avoid a buildup of dirt or dead insects. A good flushing will also help keep the chemicals in the differential from clogging the assembly.


    Seal the cover properly


    When sealing the cover, remember to wipe it clean before applying any sealant. Also, the brand of sealant isn't much of an issue, rather we want to highlight the importance of letting the sealant cool off before placing the cover in the assembly.