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This is a discussion on TA Down within the Firebird / WS6 forums, part of the Vehicle Specific category; Leaving work the other day my TA broke down all I heard was some clunking in the rear and it ...

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    Leaving work the other day my TA broke down all I heard was some clunking in the rear and it was done. I checked under the car and seen gear fluid leaking out. Their was a nut and washer on the ground, i think they are from the yoke because the driveshaft was hanging just a bit. My gears are aftermarket 3:73 and have been whinning for some time. When I went to move the car it wouldnt roll forward only backwards. Anyways just wondering what thoughts yall had on how to fix. I think the gears seized up and broke my yoke but the guy that towed the said he thinks ill need a new rear end and transmistion because the car wont roll forward.....thoughts on this

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    It's quite possible the carrier is shot. Or you may have simply trashed the gears. Without opening the rear cover it's hard to tell. If the rear is locked in forward, it doesn't mean the tranny is bad though. It could simply be the rear is locked up.
    The recommended fix is to replace the stock 10 bolt rear end with either a 12 bolt or 9". A little expensive, but gives piece of mind. Or you can rebuild the stocker, but chances are it will break again at some point. Obviously, your budget will play into it. If you can do the work yourself, and need the car roadworthy quickly, a rebuild might be the best option. If you are looking to have a shop do the work, replacing the rear won't be much more expensive than a rebuild, relatively speaking.

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    ^^ This. Sounds like it is fragged. Like Knight said, you will need to pull the cover and see what happened.

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    Welcome to the world of GM's shitty rear ends. Mine blew within hours of me buying the car. It took me replacing the rear 3 times before I bought a Moser 9".

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    Quote Originally Posted by ls1camino View Post
    Welcome to the world of GM's shitty rear ends. Mine blew within hours of me buying the car. It took me replacing the rear 3 times before I bought a Moser 9".

    Hours? Kind of surprised it lasted that long.

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    What are you guys talking about? My stock 10 bolt lasted 205k,lol.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 02transamce View Post
    What are you guys talking about? My stock 10 bolt lasted 205k,lol.
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    You just have to know ls1camino... then it would all make sense.

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    Being a smart ass,i know how weak the ten bolt is.
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    Oh, they can last. Seems to be luck of the draw sometimes. Non-spirited driving, along with tires that don't grip well, also add to the life of the rear. But what's the point of having the power, if you can't use it?

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    Mines a A4 and its my wifes,she has never pushed the ceta too hard its whole life.only 1 pass at the dragstrip.
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    prolly just stick to a quick rebuild for now as it being my only car. im sure the gears are pretty chewed up as i found metal shavings. Eventually I want to go with the Dana S60. Just wanted to make sure my tranny was shot

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    Strange S60 (Dana) is a stout piece, overkill for my t/a but it was considered before I bought the Moser 12.
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