So, my front diff, D30, has been leaking out the side for several months now as the inner axle seal needs replacing. I go to fill it up and I find a metal shaving/fragment on the magnetic fill plug.
The Jeep is a 2000 WJ with quadra drive.
1. What should I look at?
2. What can I expect in terms of replacing things? Rebuild needed?
3. How does this effect quadra drive down the road as I want to keep it.
4. Should I stop driving the Jeep and get it looked at or repaired asap?
I didn't have the time to pop the diff cover so I'm kind of asking as a preliminary to when I can pop the cover off and take a look at the gears and so forth. I'm not well versed in the innards of the D30/quadra drive either...
I have ordered 4.56 gears for my WJ from Kolak, but the gears have been backordered/out of stock for 5 months now and I have no idea as to when the gears will be restocked.
What do I do? Anything to add?
The picture of the metal.