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Driveline Transmissions, Differentials, Axles, Bearings, etc. This forum covers the entire driveline from the Transmission to the wheel bearings!

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Old 02-20-2018, 06:40 PM
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Vehicle: 1990 Dodge Dakota
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Color: White/Factory Primer/Mud
Engine: 1987-1991 - 3.9 L (238 cu in) LA V6, 125 hp (93 kW)
Rep Power: 0
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Default Need NV2500 Help

I have a 1990 Dakota 4x4, 3.9L, NV2500.
At sometime, there was an engine swap.
The 2500 makes noise without a load; OK with load.
The 2500 has been rebuilt a couple of times already for same problem.
Seems to run OK on the road, and it shifts OK.

I understand that this is a common problem caused by a bell housing mis-alignment.

Can someone enlighten me on effecting a permanent repair.
In BEST case, is the noise problem in the 2500 input shaft housing?
In WORST case, do I have to disassemble the 2500?
Can I align the Bell Housing with engine in truck?
How do I align it? .... Shims - Engine or 2500 side?

Any constructive suggestions greatly appreciated.
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Old 03-05-2018, 09:17 PM
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Vehicle: 1991 Dodge Dakota 4x4
Trim Level: LE
Color: red and white
Engine: 1991 - 5.2 L (318 cu in) LA V8, 170 hp (130 kW)
Rep Power: 3
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The alignment pins in the engine block may be damaged. How many miles on the truck? And what all did you replace during the trans rebuild?
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