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Rav4: 1996 Toyota Rav4 - pinion thrust washers.My Rav4

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1996 Toyota Rav4 - pinion thrust washers.
My Rav4 pinion thrust washers are broken. When turning tight corners there is a grinding sound. Can I drive as is or is this a serious problem that I must repair?
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Toyota
Expert:  Virtual Wrench replied 2 years ago.
If the trust washers are worn enough to cause the grind, then it needs to be repaired soon before it starts chewing up the side gears and snowballs into a very expensive repair. Below is a diagram showing the parts.
p.s. i found no TSB on this.
Expert:  Virtual Wrench replied 2 years ago.
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