Hello. I bought my first Jeep about 3 weeks ago! I have been reading the forum a lot and doing some basic maintenance since I am almost at 170,000 miles on my 2000 Cherokee Sport 4x4 automatic. SO far.... mustang fuel injectors, spark plugs, tires balanced, alternator, serpentine belt, water pump, thermostat, throttle body and sensors cleaned, air filter, engine oil and filter, sea foam through the gas tank(worried about messing up the o2 sensors so waiting until I have some more $$ to try it through the intake manifold), and I wrapped my stock intake with insulated aluminum tape to hopefully lower intake temps a bit.
Today I was changing some of my fluids. I did my transmission fluid(1 of 3 then doing the filter with the third change), transfer case fluid, and both differentials. I also replaces the breather hose on the front diff as it had been cut/torn by the front driveshaft.
So I combined fluid from both the front and rear differential into one bucket.... probably not a great idea because now I don't know if the metal shavings came from one or both differentials. I have searched and read that some shavings are normal but as this is the first time I have taken apart a diff, I am not sure if what I have is above normal or not. I am going to (try) to attach pics of both the front and rear diff with the covers off, and the metal shavings. BTW, in the pics, the front diff had already been sprayed with brake cleaner but not the rear. And I did clean up all the contact surfaces with a razor before applying red RTV.
What do you think? Should I be concerned? How do the internals look?
Also, I had the whole day so I decided to use some brake cleaner and a wire brush to clean up the covers and layed down a few coats of primer, and a few coats of truck liner on them. What do you think? Only about $10 at walmart and I still have over half of each can left. Thinking of trying it on the plastic trim pieces on the middle of the doors since mine are sun faded and look bad.... not sure if it will stick though....