Middle Gear Catastrophic Failure
Had a great weekend with the usual antics until my Rhino let off a loud bang, pop, and grind. No movement in gear, but the engine revs fine in neutral. We attempt to tow it back to camp only to learn the rear driveline is locked. After some creative winching, we tow it back - wrecker style. The next day, we replaced the rear axles with just the stubs so I can at least push it into the trailer. When I unload the Rhino at home, I notice about a quart of engine oil on the trailer floor. So, I'm fairly certain it's the middle gear and a windowed case, but I have not begun to tear into it yet. Am I looking at a complete engine tear down to fix this? Is there any chance that gear shrapnel can get into the engine?