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recall was done in 2007. Car is 2007 n/a
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Bad dealer or uneducated. As you said, the backbone is exact the same bolts...d'uh and it's not a "weep hole" it's a vent tube, if it is the older style, early 07s had them too, then there a TSB.

Sorry, I don't have time to look for it right now but if you go to the FAQ section I think a link to a discussion on the issue may be found there, you could then take that to the dealer

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I apologize for thread-jacking, but I'm curious, has there been any problems found with the '08+ differentials? This thread makes me nervous!!! LOL mine's a 2008 Sky 2.4L auto
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I apologize for thread-jacking, but I'm curious, has there been any problems found with the '08+ differentials? This thread makes me nervous!!! LOL mine's a 2008 Sky 2.4L auto
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No, the differentials were redesigned in 07 and I don't recall too many having issues with the newer design.

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I just purchased a 2006 Solstice N/A ,and now wish I would have read all the data regarding this recall for the pinon seal/differential.There are many complaints on safercar.gov and other sites that specifically mention the rear diff locking up while driving... possibly at highway speeds, yikes! sometimes without warning no less, and of course ,lots of accident reports from the failure.Whats even more distressful is how many times some of these owners have taken their car in for the recall repairs only to have leaks or complete failure again and again.So did GM really never "Fix" the issues with revisions etc,or are the dealerships careless and some mechanics too incompetent to make the required repairs correctly?
I am now quite terrified to even drive the Solstice I just bought a few hours earlier this evening.I have loved the Solstice design for many years and was excited to finally purchase one,but totally losing control of your vehicle at 70+ mph doesn't sound very appealing to me.
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I just purchased a 2006 Solstice N/A ,and now wish I would have read all the data regarding this recall for the pinon seal/differential.There are many complaints on safercar.gov and other sites that specifically mention the rear diff locking up while driving... possibly at highway speeds, yikes! sometimes without warning no less, and of course ,lots of accident reports from the failure.Whats even more distressful is how many times some of these owners have taken their car in for the recall repairs only to have leaks or complete failure again and again.So did GM really never "Fix" the issues with revisions etc,or are the dealerships careless and some mechanics too incompetent to make the required repairs correctly?
I am now quite terrified to even drive the Solstice I just bought a few hours earlier this evening.I have loved the Solstice design for many years and was excited to finally purchase one,but totally losing control of your vehicle at 70+ mph doesn't sound very appealing to me.
From what I understand, failures were rare and the repetitive repairs were before the TSB came out. Have a dealer check that the recall was done and the fluid level is good. The bad seals seeped, they did not abruptly fail.

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I personally have only read of one differential catastrophic failure that resulted in a lockup while driving. Most failures have given plenty of evidence before they reach that point

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I did a GM Vin History check and the previous owner had the car in for recall replacement of pinion seal 1/09,however this morning when I crawled under the car to examine the diff housing there is dried on crud on most of it. I have been doing alot of reading about the subject and see that quite a few solstice forum members ended up getting GM to swap out their 06 carrier for an 08 redesigned unit GM P/N 25858218
I am aware that GM has already done the recall work in 09 so I would have to buy the diff myself and have it installed,maybe get one from car-parts.com? Provided they assure me of that particular part #,what do you guys think?

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I had an opportunity this morning to drive on the highway for 25-30 miles
The diff has a LOUD whine at approx 58mph ,its really bad 60-67mph and increases in pitch the faster you are going,its only when you are pressing on the gas,if you let off the gas pedal still in gear you don't hear any whine.
So,I take the car in to a mechanic and he looks the car over and mentions that the diff has been changed out completly,turns out the car had a rear collision in 2011 so if thats the case the recall work done in 2009 on the original diff is moot since its no longer on the car.Would really have been nice for Getrag to put the UPC and GM Part # on the BOTTOM of the diff so you don't have to remove to see which revision you have.
I brought with me a couple quarts of GM #88862624 - GM Dexron LS Gear Oil which already has the friction additive added hoping it might quiet down the carrier,the mechanic said that the old fluid was really dirty,like it had never been changed and added that there was lots of metal particles in the remains...G R E A T
I am glad for one thing,I bought the car for what I thought was a really good price,so it won't hurt as bad having to put some repair $ in her right away.

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So... Now my diff is leaking... 2007 Pontiac solstice.

Would this be covered under the power train warranty?

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So... Now my diff is leaking... 2007 Pontiac solstice.

Would this be covered under the power train warranty?
Yes, it will be as long as it's not just the vent overflowing. If there is "spray" on the underside it is most likely the vent. If there is obvious seepage on either side then it's probably the seals.

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It's dripping from my kappa reBAR

would you call that a spray?

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It's dripping from my kappa reBAR

would you call that a spray?
Sounds like it is spraying from the vent. Again, unless there is an obvious drip from either side where the seals are. But, if the seals were leaking enough to spray unto the reBAR it would a large leak from the seal.

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It's dripping from my kappa reBAR

would you call that a spray?
Take it to a GM dealer, and have it checked. I would recommend a Cadilliac dealer, as both the STS and the CTS have the same differential, and have had the same problem.

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