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Install the carrier into the housing to adjust the backlash. With thecenter section in the housing, install both bearing caps in theiroriginal location (you did mark the caps, right?). Snug the cap boltsfinger tight only. Put the bearing adjusters (arrow) on each side andhand tighten to remove bearing endplay. You may need to tap the bearingcaps with a small hammer to align the threads for the bearing adjusters.Now torque one bolt on each cap to 85-90 lb-ft. Mount the dial indicatorand magnetic base to the gasket face of the housing and let theindicator contact the ring gear directly on any tooth face. Tighten bothbearing adjusters equally until .0005-. 0015-inch backlash* is achieved.Next, install the bearing adjuster lock on the bearing cap on the sideopposite the teeth of the ring gear. Now, turn the gear side adjusterone hole at a time until backlash* measures between .006 and .008inches. Tighten the other two bearing cap bolts to the same torquespecs.*Backlash is the distance measured when you move the ring gear back andforth until it touches a tooth on the pinion gear without moving thepinion gear.