Due to an attack of laziness I let a fast fit place do the clutch on my Sportrak.
Less than 50 miles later I appear to have a scrap gearbox.
Theres a noise from the final drive somewhere.
The only chance I've had to diagnose gave me time to remove the rear propshaft with the vehicle on four axle stands so I could turn things freely by hand.
The Diff is reasonably quiet but turning the propshaft by hand gives a grinding noise with intermittent resistance which leads me to believe at least one bearing has failed in the gearbox.
Is there a chance of damaging the bearings by incorrect handling of the rear prop
I was wondering if you were to drop the Prop and leave it unsupported would it damage anything.
Next question is it easier to change the whole gearbox or can the final drive/transfer box be removed separately
Another explanation is the nice AT tyres coupled a now fully functioning clutch that doesnt slip have broken the weakest link in the drive train.
I did take it down a muddy track and used 4L with a bit of welly to check the clutch was working ok.