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  1. OK I have read a lot about the side differential retainers and how they set the differential pre-load. My problem is they keep shattering on my transmission. First lets give some history. I removed the engine and transmission to rebuild the motor, and found that the throw out bearing was shot. I also found that there was a lot of play in the input shaft. So my son and I decided we were going to attempt to rebuild this transmission. We watched several videos and did a lot of research into disassembly and reassembly of the transmission. Once we took the transmission apart we found that one of the bearings on the input shaft was toast. Since we had the transmissions apart we decided to replace all the seals, o-rings and gaskets. This meant removing the Side Differential Retainers, knowing that not getting them back into the same precise location would change the differential bearing pre-load and pinion gear backlash we marked a tooth and the housing of the transmission with paint so we could realign it to the same place as before the tear-down. We counted the rotations it took to remove them and reversed the process and reassembled the transmission. Everything was going fine on the test drive until I got back and saw that the car was leaking gear oil out of the side of the transmission. Upon closer inspection we found that the Side Differential Retainer was broken and the seal was destroyed. Thinking that we put the wrong seal on the wrong side, we replaced the retainer and the seals making sure that the right seal went in the correct side. But after the second test drive the same thing is happening. Can anybody give me any idea what I am doing wrong or some place that I can look to find out why this keeps happening. Thanks
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