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Unread 12-03-2010, 05:15 PM   #1
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Possible Axle leak/brake lead on front axle

So I have done alot of work to my new 1994 Jeep Cherokee SE (183,xxx 4.0L) and I have noticed that the only fluid leaking is a clear fluid under the right front hub/brake. I put a box under to watch it overnight and I cant figure out where it is coming from. I think it may be from the front axle/hub, but I wasnt sure what would be leaking then... I dont see the brakes leaking so I am thinking axle.

My question, is this possible, do you agree, and how do I fix it?

Thanks

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Unread 12-03-2010, 05:23 PM   #2
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Unread 12-03-2010, 05:25 PM   #3
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If the axle tube is leaking, it'll pool inside the C area where the shaft exits the tube. Stick your finger in there and see


but that looks like what it is
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Unread 12-03-2010, 05:26 PM   #4
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Unread 12-03-2010, 05:28 PM   #5
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Looks like bad axle seals to me.
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Unread 12-03-2010, 05:34 PM   #6
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If the axle tube is leaking, it'll pool inside the C area where the shaft exits the tube. Stick your finger in there and see


but that looks like what it is
I would agree thats probably it. My question is now, is it diff fluid? and what do I need to fix?

oh fyi just changed the front diff fluid with 75w-90 gear oil within the last week if that matters
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Unread 12-03-2010, 05:36 PM   #7
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Yea, it means that your axle seal is failing and diff fluid is leaking out. Depending on how bad it is you can just keep adding more fluid to top it off every now and then. Or its time to replace the axle seal, which you should go ahead and do both sides if thats the case
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Unread 12-03-2010, 05:40 PM   #8
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Here's some step by step help Changing D30 Axle seals
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Unread 12-03-2010, 05:43 PM   #9
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Yea, it means that your axle seal is failing and diff fluid is leaking out. Depending on how bad it is you can just keep adding more fluid to top it off every now and then. Or its time to replace the axle seal, which you should go ahead and do both sides if thats the case
Would that be the axle spindle seal (inner and outer)?

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Unread 12-03-2010, 05:48 PM   #10
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Its the inner axle shaft seal. There's not a outer seal on these axles.
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Unread 12-03-2010, 05:56 PM   #11
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ok, and thanks for that link. He has a ton of helpful stuff in there. I just read over every project I still need to do to my jeep :-)

So these seems like a real cheap fix, just a bit of labor
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Unread 12-03-2010, 06:11 PM   #12
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Just the price of the seals and diff fluid if you have the tools already. Not too bad if you know what you're doing
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