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Unread 06-10-2013, 10:00 AM   #1
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I apologize in advance because I read about this somewhere on the forum but cannot find it now that I need it...

I have a ton of grease building up in my driver's side rear wheel... What is this symptom indicative of? Rear axle seal on the diff side of the axle or hub issues at the wheel side?

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Unread 06-10-2013, 10:09 AM   #2
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If the fluid is getting on the inside of the tire and smelly then your axle seal is leaking, it has a distinct odor.
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D35's have the axle seals at the "wheel side" of the axle. It sounds like one is starting to go. Id replace them both while youre under it
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youll know if its gear oil because it stinks like ****
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Ok, I'll continue to try and get some research on that...how expensive & tough of a deal is that. So our rear diff fluid flows from hub to hub? So when you open the diff the axles drain as well and vice versa when filling it up?
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Ok, I'll continue to try and get some research on that...how expensive & tough of a deal is that. So our rear diff fluid flows from hub to hub? So when you open the diff the axles drain as well and vice versa when filling it up?

Not quite. The pumpkin is a lot lower than the axle shafts. You will get a little diff fluid coming out but nothing major. When you fill it up you only fill it to where it starts to spill out of the fill hole and that is proper. At the end of each shaft there is a bearing and a seal.
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Unread 06-10-2013, 03:38 PM   #7
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Ok. Well I don't think I'm losing brake fluid at the caliper so I'm guessing its the seal... Thanks for the confirmation guys.
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Not quite. The pumpkin is a lot lower than the axle shafts. You will get a little diff fluid coming out but nothing major. When you fill it up you only fill it to where it starts to spill out of the fill hole and that is proper. At the end of each shaft there is a bearing and a seal.

True, but when that ring and pinion is spinning 50mph that fluid gets everywhere in a hurry.
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