Your vehicle is equipped with a ring and pinion assembly that enables it to move backward and forward and carry heavy things. If this assembly gets damaged, you'll encounter various drivetrain problems because the drive shaft, axles, and wheels will not spin properly. To avoid these problems, you need to buy a replacement assembly that is sold in a kit. Check out this guide for the dos and don'ts of buying a ring and pinion installation kit so you won't end up with substandard and mismatched parts.
- Buy a ring and pinion installation kit that has the right gear ratio. Just like other car parts, the ring and pinion assembly varies for different vehicle makes and models. To measure your car's ring and pinion ratio, divide the number of the ring's teeth by the number of the pinion's teeth. The answer is the ratio that you need to take note of.
- Choose an installation kit that comes with a warranty plan. Be it a limited 6-month or lifetime warranty plan, this plan will still guarantee that your purchase is free from defects. What's more, if your kit is covered by a warranty plan, you can return it if it unexpectedly breaks a few weeks or months after your purchase.
- Don't buy from untrustworthy manufacturers. As much as possible, buy from brands that have been in the market for a long time. Also, you can check online brand analyses that are written by car experts and owners. These analyses list the pros and cons of various brands, so you'll know which brands to avoid by reading them.
- Don't buy a ring and pinion installation kit that's too small for your vehicle. If you're going to install big tires on your vehicle, then you also need a big ring and pinion assembly. A mismatched ring and pinion assembly will decrease the overall acceleration of your vehicle.