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Unread 09-11-2009, 05:39 PM   #1
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Leaking gear oil from axle!!!

so im leaking oil from the axle or the Pumpkin part of the axle!
How serious is this?
I need to regear and am going to do this in a few months, should i be worrying about this now?
how do i fix this?
anyone else have this problem??

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Unread 09-11-2009, 05:45 PM   #2
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so im leaking oil from the axle or the Pumpkin part of the axle!
How serious is this?
I need to regear and am going to do this in a few months, should i be worrying about this now?
how do i fix this?
anyone else have this problem??
leaks from the yoke or the pumpkin gasket?
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Unread 09-11-2009, 05:48 PM   #3
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whats the Yoke?
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Unread 09-11-2009, 05:51 PM   #4
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so im leaking oil from the axle or the Pumpkin part of the axle!
How serious is this?
I need to re-gear and am going to do this in a few months, should I be worrying about this now?
How do i fix this?
Anyone else have this problem??

If it is leaking from the seal (pumpkin) and drive shaft then you will need to replace the seal. This can be a problem if all the oil leaks out and the bearings (internal parts) do not get lubricated. If you can not repair it right a way just make sure to keep adding oil as needed to lubricate. The yoke is where the drive shaft fits in.

If it is leaking from the pumpkin cover the remove is and seal it with RTV and refill the pumpkin.


Re-gear later as needed.
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Unread 09-11-2009, 06:01 PM   #5
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whats the Yoke?
its what the drive shaft is bolted to.
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Unread 09-11-2009, 07:24 PM   #6
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Jeep Horizons :: Changing Differential FluidThis will help if you decide to fix your leak now. if it is a slow leak and you want to wait till the regear then just make sure you add gear oil.
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Unread 09-11-2009, 07:40 PM   #7
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i think its from the seal and i also see some oil on the sides of the pumpkin.
is it possible to be leaking oil from the 2 rods where the axle shafts are?

sorry im not being too clear i have never dealt with any problem with my axles and do not know what anythinng is called on the axle!!!
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Unread 09-11-2009, 07:42 PM   #8
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just so you guys know im leaking oil from the 44 in the rear!
my 30 up front seams to be holding up pretty good still.

thanks once again!
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i just did mine the other day. I will never let a shop change my axle oil again. (bunch of thieves) i paid for a seal and plug and they just rtv'd it (no seal anywhere) and it leaked. use a gasket. torque the bolts to 15 then 20 then 25 ft lbs and fill.
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i think its from the seal and i also see some oil on the sides of the pumpkin.
is it possible to be leaking oil from the 2 rods where the axle shafts are?

sorry I'm not being too clear i have never dealt with any problem with my axles and do not know what anything is called on the axle!!!
If it was leaking from the axle shafts you would know it right away. It sounds like its leaking from where the drive shaft attaches. If it is then you need to replace the seal in the front (of the rear axle). This is not an easy task and should be completed when you re-gear as you will be removing that shaft anyways. If you are not going to re-gear soon the make sure that you add oil to the axle as needed. The oil will look like its running all over the front of the axle but that is because the drive shaft spins the oil out as it leaks.

Of the seals in the axle shaft were leaking you would see oil in the brake drums.

I know its a bad picture but which area is leaking A? B? C?
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If you are leaking from A then wait until you re-gear; but keep filling the oil.
If you are leaking from B then remove the cover and seal it with RTV and refill with oil.
If you are leaking from C then it needs welding (I would start looking for another axle).
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Unread 09-11-2009, 10:44 PM   #12
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dang im pretty sure its leaking from B and possibly from C a little im not sure if its leakin from C or if the oil just pread making it look like it was from C???
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Unread 09-11-2009, 11:00 PM   #13
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clean it up really well and figure out where exactly it is leaking from. Also make sure the leak is actually from the axle and not something else (fuel lines or brake lines) if it is leaking from/around c in the picture. If it is C in the picture I also think you will need a new axle
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The axle tubes c are pressed in and sometimes spot welded. Im sure its just the diff cover. If it were really leaking from C then you have very big problems.

Its very commong for a axle to leak a bit. Over time the oil gets through the silicone used to seal the covers. Gaskets work better IMO. As long as your leak isnt huge and you dont run outta oil in the diff your fine.
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Unread 09-12-2009, 01:28 PM   #15
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so what is this caused from my dad says its due to all the stuff ive done to my rig...
lift tires ect...
im pretty sure the lift has nothin to do with it tho if anything its the tires i think!

What causes this tho?
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