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Old 08-07-2003, 08:48 AM
JetForeman
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It could be one of a number of things that could have caused that. A weakness or flaw in the ring gear during manufacturing looks like the most reasonable explanation for a small chip to be broken away like that.

Usually if a rear-diff experienced a severe shock (like spinning on ice then suddenly hitting dry pavement, or accelerating hard while hitting a bump) it will clean out a few more teeth than that. I don't think anyone will ever be able to tell you though exactly what happened unless you were to take it and have it x-rayed for any kind of metalurgical weakness.
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