Originally Posted by SurefireDBL
I tried indexing the pinion by the harness option but it started and ended in the same spot each time. I already have the part and installed and it works fine, I don't want any premature wear like you stated earlier.
I tried AA's, CR123's and a single D battery to no avail. I did not try 2 D's taped together. I was thinking of using my sons 6V battery on his rechargeable Jeep toy. What do you think about that? Also, what sealer did you use?
I have had this truck since October operating without the locker. It is my DD. I don't off-road hardcore either. I don't mind pulling it off again I just want to do this right.
Thanks for your help.
I'm not going to make a call on that big of a 6v battery. The 2 D,s are what work for me and many others. Using the harness should put the mark very close to the correct spot, see below.
A few things come to mind here
and I think this might be the issue.
The FSM directions are for a pulled diff sitting on the bench. This is how/when I have always serviced them. In this situation the 2 long studs are not present to interfere with the whole rotating, knock pin, slot, mark alignment deal in the last FSM step. It would be impossible to align the marks with the diff installed and the 2 long studs in place with out moving (cheating) the rack gear back just enough to align the marks. This issue is addressed when Dick Foster gets involved midway in this thread, post #6.
The FSM is a bit confusing at that last part. It tells you to place the actuator on the diff with the "knock pin" at the right end of the slot. The marks should align at this point or be very close (rack all the way locked, actuator all the way to the locked position. Then rotate the actuator CCW until the pin is at the left end of the slot. As stated this step is not possible on an installed diff with the long studs installed. With the studs in place you will have to cheat by moving the rack gear back towards "unlock" just a wee bit so everything lines up and the actuator can be slid over the studs.
Some other BS thoughts.
How far off is the mark? Are you holding the actuator correctly when looking at it, with the motor shaft straight up and down? Sealer type is not real important for after install application. Just something waterproof that will stick.
Keep at it