I planned to drop my diff this week and pop it into the workshop for a spring clean before heading off across the channel later in June.
The plan was to jack up the back of the car, disconnect the drive shafts, disconnect the prop. Remove 4 screws and Bob's your uncle.
having jacked it up I needed to jack it up further.
The exhaust needed to come off.
Remove drive shafts
remove the rear end of the prop.
I then had to make a cradle for the jack in order to lower the diff.
All these things were done and the diff is now in the boot of the Saab ready for tomorrow.
Upon removal not all the diff dropped to the floor.
The offside front cup stayed put. It had broken from the front plate.
This has happened before and was welded back together. It looked good at the time and has lasted a fair few xxxxx miles.
I have rewelded it. This time I have prep'd the contact faces so the weld can penetrate into the thickness of the plate.