So I'm starting to think I grenanded my diff, but not quite sure yet. There's some signs that point to it, and others that don't. Here's the situation, starting with the first sign of trouble:
On my way up to Longmont to swap to 35" tires, I heard some sort of noise, while merging on to 120th. Shortly afterward, my steering seemed to lock up. I managed to get pulled over. I turned off the truck, and looked at the steering rack, and everything. All looked fine. I got back in the truck, and started it to try and turn the wheels. With the power steering belt squeeling the whole time, I managed to very forcefully get the wheel to turn full driver. Then I forcefully got it turned full passenger. After doing this a couple more times, the steering seemed completely fine, and I never had a problem with it again. I had no I idea what the hell happened, and I still don't know.
I got to Molly's safely, and put 35" tires on. I drove to Carnage, and through a good portion of it with no issues. I was easy on the truck, and never throttled it hard. Eventually I noticed a metal-to-metal ticking noise that was dependent upon my wheel speed. "Ting ting ting ting"....you get the idea. I looked under the truck....everything seemed okay...no popped CV boots.. The noise would even go away for a minute if the truck got bumped a bit. Above 15mph, the noise is either undetectable or non existant.
I lifted up the front end of the truck tonight to investigate. It's only on my driver's side, and will not make the noise by spinning the pass tire. The noise is made in exactly the same spot every 1/3 of a turn, which happens to be the same as the number of flat sides on the CV. This combined with the fact that it seems to me the noise would be made every 4.3 turns if it was the diff.
That makes me think it might have something to do with the CV. However, the prior incident makes me think its something wrong with the diff.
The gears I put in were used with 100k+ miles, and thrown in with a new crush sleeve, 1 new bearing, 1 used bearing, and the backlash and such set professionally by Drivetrain Industries. Because of the used parts, the could not guarantee their work, which I was fine with at the time...
Well, I was saying that I need lower gears for 35s....it just might happen if I blew up the diff. Lookin' at probably around $800 minimum just to regear probably....and that's to slap it together like I did last time.
Opinions on what the hell is up? I would tear into it tonight, except that I have to go to work tomorrow, and I can't really have a torn apart truck on my driveway, as it's in the way of the other vehicles at my house.