I always like to follow up on threads as issues get resolved. Especially, for newbies like me, I think this is helpful.
A couple weeks back (and a month or so before that), I started a thread(s) as I was having issues with dragging in my rear end (16 touring), and was looking for suggestions. The collective wisdom of the group was that I needed to open up the rear end. Being a newbie - that was a little scarey to me. However, Dan Hatch was kind enough to help (BTW, he has all the t-gadgets!).
As they say ...."A picture is worth a thousand words!" No idea where this slug of steel came from, but it was welded to the gear. The cotter pin that holds the retaining nut for the pion gear was missing, but this looks too big to be a smushed up cotter pin. There were no missing teeth on any gears.
In any case ( sorry for the pun), I think the problem is solved. Waiting on parts...
Ooh, that's ugly.
Things like that happen when you do burnouts, make sure you have at least 500 miles on it after your rebuild, before you start spinning the rear wheels... Wink :-). Glad you found the issue.
If you need to clean the axle housing up my suggestion is a local machine shop they can dip them like they do motor blocks. The best $12 - $15 you can spend and you don't have to worry about the sludgy mess, it's left at there shop not in yours. Plus it gets all the loose debris out.
Steve I wish I had a shop that could/would have done that for me when I did my rear-end. Cleaning out the pumpkin, tubes, and parts is hands down no contest the nastiest, filthiest job I have EVER done on any car. I bought a big rubbermaid container from Walmart and sacrificed a wire toilet brush - I ruined a shirt, pants, the container, the toilet brush, a whole roll of paper towels. It was crazy. After that episode my wife insisted I just leave a bottle of Dawn dish detergent in the shower for use after I've been in the garage.
You need to pull sleeves and then burn it out.Sand blast and you're good to go.
My rear end has been dragging for 20 years but I don't see anything in this thread that will fix it......