Carrier Bearing question
Hey Guys, first time poster, long time listener. lol I have a "new to me" 08 powerstroke, ive had it since mid march and i purchased the ESP through Ford Motor co. I recently pulled pulled my 40ft toy hauler on vacation, did a little tweaking and flexing to get to our camp site. noticed as we got home, i was backing the trailer into the back yard and threw it in reverse and i always wait til i feel the reverse clutch dis-engage before i let off the brake, esp when i have the trailer, so i threw it in reverse, waited waited and waited, realistically it was about 4-5 seconds but it seemed like forever. finally felt the gear hit and let off the brake and the truck vibrated like hell. so i thought ah hell that gear is going out...got the trailer in the back yard and got the truck cleaned up and checked all the fluids and noticed that the trans fluid was really clean but i did notice a few shavings, or at least looked like shavings in the fluid. Oh, did i mention i have a 9" lift on 37's....side note. haha so i made an apt at my local ford dealer to get that tranny checked out, after doing some research and talking to a few technician buddies we determined and assumed it was that reverse clutch and possibly the reverse gear in total going out...took it in today, they call me after about 5 hours of diagnosing and troubleshooting, which i thought would be pretty quick to get into that tranny anyways, but he said they found the vibration and the shutter in the carrier bearing and that's for sure my problem. i asked him what affect that would have on why it takes so long for reverse to engage and not drive gears and couldn't give me a straight forward answer. again, i asked about the shavings in the trans fluid and he said it was clean but they went ahead and changed the fluid for me at no charge, and they're waiving the diagnosing fee...seems odd. i do have a carrier bearing spacer to reduce that drive shaft angle but they said it's the angle of that shaft causing the damage, i understand that will cause damage but i, as well as my technician buddies do not understand what affect that would have on the delayed engagement of reverse gear and not drive gears....any advice? and another question, i'm going to end up doing the carrier bearing myself along with a couple buddies, i understand that some of these have to be pressed on. is that on all sd drive shafts or should i just drop my drive line and take it to a local shop and have them do all the work and mount it back up myself? is it worth the potential $200-$250 in labor i will be paying?