Hi, Opiate4622. The metal filings are normal, but the small chunks could be a problem. You may definitely want to get it checked by professionals. If it's not making any noises or leaks, it could be postponeable but I don't think I would push it. It's not necessarily a junker, but it will be if you don't get it looked at. Changing the fluid isn't that hard, but if you're finding chunks, I'm not sure how much longer you're going to last without having it serviced.
Only real way to find out is to take the rear differential cover off, and that includes draining the fluid buying new fluid and a new gasket and a little time. But I'd take it off and look inside for any damage or take it to a shop and have them do it for you.
Wednesday, July 25th, 2007 AT 1:26 AM