Hey all, I just fiddled my rebuilt rear end back into place when I realized I forget the gasket. Digging into my gasket kit I see I have three of them. Why do I have three?
Oh, and can I get away with just cutting one to slip around the flange without having to take the drive shaft off?
There shouldn't be a gasket on the back side of the ball cap, just the front side where it bolts to the back of transmission.
You did it correctly without knowing!
Don't forget to safety wire the two bottom bolts together.
Perfect! Saves me having to worry about it.
Last couple gasket sets i got two ball cap gaskets
You only need the one
Save the extra i cut in half replace when doing band job
Wouldn't using the second one reduce a lot of grease loss from the universal joint area?
I have always used two because they came in the gasket kit
Surely it can't do any harm as the ball is still held firm in the
mating half or am I missing something here?
Alan in Western Australia
Well... if you use two often the ball and drive shaft will move back & forth as it's not captured tightly enough. If yours cannot move at all then you could use a gasket but this sounds like a rare occurrence.
Thanks Kep. I'm going to assemble it this week with only one gasket!
If you are concerned about losing grease or oil without the gasket, just smear some ultra black on the surfaces before you bolt it up. You will still get oil from around the ball if you are leaking around the 4th main, and almost all T's do leak there.