Join Date: May 2009
Location: Highlands Ranch, CO
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Hope it was all just too much oil. If not I DO NOT recommend just "hitting it with an impact wrench". There is a specific process for putting a pinion nut back on. First, you should NOT reuse a pinion nut unless absolutely necessary. The torque on the nut is specific to each axle due to the gear setup and the pinion crush sleeve. If you just take it off, replace the seal and tighten it up to some random torque, you may screw up the preload causing failure. What you want to do is measure your bearing drag with an inch pound old school style torque wrench and replace the pinion nut and tighten it till you get the same bearing drag, and use a new pinion nut as when they are new they are designed to deform a little (I believe) so that they do not back out. If you MUST reuse the pinion nut, use a ton of locktite if you do not want your fancy 60 to explode when the yoke and pinion nut fly off on the highway, throwing the pinion into your carrier, and possibly destroying the housing as well.
Just some words of advise. For some horror stories just google "reuse pinion nut" that might keep you from just throwing it together.