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For the money they quoted you could have this
http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Genuine-D...-/231063919835

And then sell your old one.
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I'd drive it home. It will release eventually. If your rear tyres are evenly worn you shouldn't have any issues. Only on low speed corners you might get some chirping of the inside tyre. Any bind up of the diff will probably cause the locker to release anyway.
I'd be getting other opinions for sure.

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Thanks guys.

I'm thinking I might just pull it. However, the bugger is their going to sting me $300 for the inspection then no doubt load on some extra to re-assemble it, but even at $500 it's probably worth pulling. When they told me it was going to cost three grand I asked if I could just have it put back and drive it home and that's when they told me I'd need to pay $300 for the inspection and yet more to have it re-assembled again! Needless to say at this point I am extremely disappointed by the service from these guys and wish I had never taken my car to them.

I'll acknowledge that at one point they did call me up to say they had removed the from plate and couldn't see anything wrong. They said they still suspected the solenoid was the problem and said they would need to access the other side to replace it and asked for permission to open up the other side before going ahead. I agreed to have them do that but my goodness, I had no idea it was going to cost this much for them just to inspect it and that the best case for replacing the suspected solenoid was $3000 (or $2500 to replace it with a used one as they graciously offered). I can assure you I would have never started on this path if I had known.

As it is, at the moment I just feel completely sucker-punched into this and must say I am extremely disheartened. I hope that some how some good may come of it, but I have to say at the moment I'm not feeling too hopeful - but we will see how it goes.

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Just remember some of these workshops are charging over $100.00 an hour labour. Dealers I have asked are up to $150.00 !!!If I ever have to take my vehicle in which is rare I ask how much is the labour ,it pisses them of sometimes.Took the WH for a warranty oil change at an NRMA workshop,I supplied the oil and got a labor bill for $240.00 !!Neg down to $180.00.For diffs I have always used Aussie Diffs at Coolangatta.
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As it is, at the moment I just feel completely sucker-punched into this and must say I am extremely disheartened. I hope that some how some good may come of it, but I have to say at the moment I'm not feeling too hopeful - but we will see how it goes.
That there is reason enough to go elsewhere. If you ain't happy with their inspection how will you feel about their repairs?
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this is most likely a stupid question but my understanding of E-lockers what there were a magnet pulling against a spring. if this is the case is there somewhere you can unplug it so the magnet loses power allowing the spring to release to get you home?
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this is most likely a stupid question but my understanding of E-lockers what there were a magnet pulling against a spring. if this is the case is there somewhere you can unplug it so the magnet loses power allowing the spring to release to get you home?
Yeah, I have wondered this myself. Also I would have thought a faulty solenoid would be more likely to prevent a locker from engaging rather than prevent it from disengaging but after looking into it for a bit all I have been able to learn is that I really don't understand lockers at all. I thought what ever happened in a locker was fairly straightforward but tell you what, it's all black magic in there. Honestly there's more information out there on what goes on inside an H-Bomb than what actually happens inside a locker

Anyway, the locker had actually begun to function normally again by the time I dropped the car off and the workshop are confident they will be able to re-assemble the diff in the unlocked state for me without any trouble.
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I like OX lockers.....cable, air or electric operation....if the operating system craps itself, you can still disconnect it and fit a manual over-ride device to unlock the locker.
Great system.

Now, all I have to do is save up for them......
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Realistically how long does it take to drain and open the diff for an inspection? 10-15 min. Then 15 min to inspect? 30 min total to see what's happening in a diff?
Mate, I'm sorry to say but i think you've encountered one of those mechanics we keep hearing about on A Current Affair.



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