Leaking front axle seal, can I drive a thousand miles tomorrow?
I did some work on my Jeep two weeks ago, and had the front axles out.
Two days ago, I noticed some oil leaking from the front left axle, dripping onto the tire. Not enough to reach the ground. I saw the vent tube was really kinked right at the differential, so I hoped that was the problem, and not that I had a bad seal as a consequence of removing and replacing the axle. I straightened the vent hose. The differential was still very full of oil.
I drove another 15 miles that evening, and there was either no leakage, or just a drop or two on the end of the axle housing.
The next morning, I dried the axle completely. I made another two 25 mile drives, no leakage. Problem solved!
Today, after another two 15 mile drives, some more leakage, and dripping onto the tire.
Any suggestions as to whether this is something that will continue to leak very slowly? In which case I can leave tomorrow and drive 1000 miles over the next two days. I could also check the level and refill if needed after 500 miles. But if it is something that might get catastrophically worse, then I need to stay where I am (would mean missing work) and fix the problem before I leave.
One note - it may have been leaking before I removed and replaced the axle, and I didn't notice. It was only because I was giving the front end a careful look-see that I noticed this leak.