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MARKHAM, ONT

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Happy New Year all!  I've been noticing an unusual trend lately, wondering if Covid may be a factor.  Seems like I'm getting an unusually high number of complaints about "differential noise".  Once I get them opened up, there is always some moisture in the diff case, possibly from condensation?  I'm guessing it may be from the cars not getting driven enough and the changes in temp or it may just be a weird fluke.  I grabbed a pic of the race of the most recent one, a GM 8.5 posi side bearing, but have seen almost the same pattern in a Ford 9", Ford 8" and an 8 3/4 Mopar.  The bearing and race is a cheap fix but seems silly to put it back together without changing all 6 bearings and renewing the posi clutches so it gets expensive quick.  Might be worth spinning the drive train through the winter or springing for a fully heated garage to protect your investment!

 

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PETERBOROUGH, ONT

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Just another reason to heat my garage. Maybe next year. But my neighbour swears that the worst thing you can do for a daily driver is keep it in a heated garage over winter. So in my shared garage, either my rod sits idle all winter in a cold garage or my daily driver rusts (if he is right) in a warm garage ? Either way, damage occurs to one or the other.

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The poor mans approach (mine for sure) is to roll the car up and down the driveway say once a month through the winter, or use jack stands.  By turning the axle, the exposed parts get re-covered in oil and the moisture can't get to the metal.  All the ones I've seen so far were limited slip/posi so I'm wondering if the friction modifier that gets added to the oil to prevent clutch chatter allows the oil film to break down faster?  On the other hand, once a rear end is more than 30 years old you gotta expect to find some issues.



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Cuddles wrote:

Just another reason to heat my garage. Maybe next year. But my neighbour swears that the worst thing you can do for a daily driver is keep it in a heated garage over winter. So in my shared garage, either my rod sits idle all winter in a cold garage or my daily driver rusts (if he is right) in a warm garage ? Either way, damage occurs to one or the other.


 First thing, go take a puff of whatever he's smoking.

Air is dry in the winter. Where will the humidity come from in a heated garage?



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MARKHAM, ONT

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If they are using one of those "propane" heaters in the garage, they give off quite a bit of water vapor.  Not the best bet if you are doing bodywork.



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I heat the shop with gas fired in floor heat and it's plenty dry in there. I also heat the attached garage 24' by 25.5' with a electric garage heater. Have heated it for 10 years and 8 years where we lived before. I keep it at about 50 F sometimes it gets damp in there because of slush on the vehicle. I just run the dehumidifier for a few hours and it's gone. Yes it's probably not good for your driver but neither is driving it in winter. I get the drivers oiled and has not been a problem. I won't have a cold garage again. 
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PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY, ONT

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Why would anyone park their daily driver in a garage? Garages are for projects. My daily driver has never been in a garage in sixty years. Right now I am in Alberta and the daytime temp is generally -30 and the cars are in the driveway. I understand you can wear shorts in Ontario. I know, it's the wife. And yes, my shop/garage is heated, but no daily driver. Comon' woosies.
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FOXBORO, ONT

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same here, daily drivers outside. i keep my cars in an unheated shop and my back-hoe in the heated shop at 48 degree's on propane furnace. it sure speeds up the time heating the hydraulic oil.
L.T.D. is right on the amount of moisture from propane, i could see how it could be a possible problem if there was some body work going on. this is the first time i have heated with propane and the amount of ice build up you get at -10 f, water don't run so far, lol.

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MILTON, ONT

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Shops garages heat... Ya'll bunch of spoiled brats... Try an old truck box...lol

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PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY, ONT

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Fortunately, even though we are rural, we run on natural gas so no condensation.
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RICHMOND, ONT

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I'm heating a 2 car garage. Keep it at 8 degrees when not in there. The only reason right now is to keep my sons race bike from freezing 🥶




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Driving the cold sloppy wet car in to the garage every day might make sense Pugsy ...  I know,youre just a pretty face! lol
123pugsy wrote:
Cuddles wrote:

Just another reason to heat my garage. Maybe next year. But my neighbour swears that the worst thing you can do for a daily driver is keep it in a heated garage over winter. So in my shared garage, either my rod sits idle all winter in a cold garage or my daily driver rusts (if he is right) in a warm garage ? Either way, damage occurs to one or the other.


 First thing, go take a puff of whatever he's smoking.

Air is dry in the winter. Where will the humidity come from in a heated garage?


 



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