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Unread 06-24-2013, 10:01 AM   #1
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Went wheeling, not sure what I broke

Went wheeling yesterday and noticed late last night that I am now leaking what appears to be some gear oil on the passenger side of the front axle. I know this is very limited info, but I'm trying to get to planning while I'm sitting here at work. Could this be a simple ~$5 seal or is it likely something worse. I was planning on doing a d30 4.10 and 8.8 4.10 swap during the winter in favor of other upgrades sooner but if this is beyond a very simple fix I'll probably just change my priorities and start the junkyard search asap.

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Unread 06-24-2013, 10:05 AM   #2
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Sounds like a front differential axle seal. Long as the oil is leaking out the axle tube near the knuckle I'd bet that's it.


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Unread 06-24-2013, 10:12 AM   #3
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Sorry for being so vague, yeah it's coming out near the knuckle.
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Unread 06-24-2013, 10:37 AM   #4
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Sorry for being so vague, yeah it's coming out near the knuckle.
Is ur axle stock? If so u had a 2 peice axle shaft on that side and the one prob leaking is a pain to replace. Ur better off losing the 2 peice axle shaft and upgrading to a one piece shaft from an xj or tj. If u plan on upgrading in the future might as well just do it now and save urself some trouble.
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Went wheeling yesterday and noticed late last night that I am now leaking what appears to be some gear oil on the passenger side of the front axle. I know this is very limited info, but I'm trying to get to planning while I'm sitting here at work. Could this be a simple ~$5 seal or is it likely something worse. I was planning on doing a d30 4.10 and 8.8 4.10 swap during the winter in favor of other upgrades sooner but if this is beyond a very simple fix I'll probably just change my priorities and start the junkyard search asap.
Pretty common for that seal to go. Replace it and do the other one when you do your upgrade.
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Unread 06-24-2013, 11:28 AM   #6
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I am doing mine this weekend. It is labor intensive and you have to pull out the diff. If you plan to upgrade axles or add a locker, do it all at once. You are fine to drive it, just check that the level is full and top it off until you replace the seals.
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Unread 06-24-2013, 11:49 AM   #7
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I am doing mine this weekend. It is labor intensive and you have to pull out the diff. If you plan to upgrade axles or add a locker, do it all at once. You are fine to drive it, just check that the level is full and top it off until you replace the seals.
There is no reason to take out the carrier when replacing the right side seal unless it is part of a solid shaft conversion. OR, you have one of the very rare set ups with an inner c clip.
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Unread 06-24-2013, 11:51 AM   #8
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I am doing mine this weekend. It is labor intensive and you have to pull out the diff. If you plan to upgrade axles or add a locker, do it all at once. You are fine to drive it, just check that the level is full and top it off until you replace the seals.
Does okay to drive it also mean okay to wheel it? I only ask cause I have a buddy who's been off being a combat medic for the last couple years coming into town in a few weeks and he really wants to go hit a trail or 2. Probably nothing crazy, just some light wheeling. Think I'll be alright if i pay close attention to the level?
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Does okay to drive it also mean okay to wheel it? I only ask cause I have a buddy who's been off being a combat medic for the last couple years coming into town in a few weeks and he really wants to go hit a trail or 2. Probably nothing crazy, just some light wheeling. Think I'll be alright if i pay close attention to the level?

Oh yeah, totally cool to wheel with. Hell, many of us have been running for years with it leaking, ha ha. It's a total PITA to replace, and as long as it's not gushing out, it's fine.
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