You shouldn't loose all the gear oil out of the vent.
As far a replacing month old brakes. I feel for you, but you are correct in that you really "don't have a choice"
Well, my saga continues...
I have been taking it very, very easy on the brakes and did get in contact with Steve at R1. Per his recommendation I did a couple of brake bedding stops. There is still a vibration, but I'm not convinced that it is from warped rotors anymore. The vibration is "activated" by applying moderate to hard brake pressure. If you are easy on the brakes, there is practically no additional shaking from pressing the brake pedal. Also, if you drag out the final stop the brakes feel smooth. A warped rotor would pulse.
The vibration that I have now is not really a vibration. It is more of a shake. It doesn't shake the wheel but you can feel it in the brake pedal if you press hard enough. It is not consistent at all in either its frequency or strength. There is also a knock coming from the right front wheel. The knock seems to happen when the wheel drops suddenly, like over a speed bump, or over washboard roads where the bumps come quick.
So, here is what I am thinking now... It is either the front strut, sway bar end link, or upper ball joint. So, how do you go about properly testing each of these components for wear/damage? Also, will a strut, shock, and spring set from a (2007?) Charger Daytona fit on my '06 R/T?
you can rule out the end link. That can make noise but not likely to cause a vibration. Almost any other suspension component (bushing/balljoint) can cause vibration.
I cant remember if you said that you replaced the tension struts or not. Those are very problematic and should be replaced with the latest OE version of the SRT tension strut.
To check the upper ball joint, raise the front until the wheels are off the ground and support the car well. Grab the upper part of the wheel, or someone else, why the other one of you watch the ball joint for movement as the wheel is being forced in and out.
you should inspect all joints and bushings. test tie rods by having someone grab the front and back of the wheel and try moving it left and right. the steering column should be locked. HAve someone look at the joints as that back and forth force is being applied.
I do not believe the Charger springs and struts will work. The struts likely will. I had several Charger owners interested in the Eibach spring strut set I have and I have to inform them that Eibach has a different part number for the springs but the struts are the same part number.
I hope this helps.
did you ever find a fix for this?
I don't know if it relAtive to your problem, but 10k ago I replace all the front suspension and put stock rims for the winter. After the winter bought Eibach pro kit and put rims back on. there the shakimg started, did allignment but my mechanic said that the rims are the problem. Went to tire shop did the balance and shaking reduced drastic. Mention that shaking would appear only between 50 - 65 mph other speeds there is no shaking. Now I need to fix 3 out of 4 rims, they bend on inside you would never tell unless you take ur tire off and run it on the machine.
stingrayj, i know some years have passed on this issue but did you ever find out what was causing the shakes? I'm going through the same exact symptoms and can't pin point what's wrong.