Axel issues... I think... - JeepForum.com
 2Likes
  • 1 Post By biffgnar
  • 1 Post By mukluk
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 10 Old 09-19-2017, 06:40 PM Thread Starter
TrlBlzn
Registered User
2005 LJ Wrangler 
 
Join Date: Sep 2017
Location: Fort Worth
Posts: 12
Axel issues... I think...

Can someone ease help figure out what could've leaked here?
It looks like this on both sides where axel tube meets hub.

TrlBlzn is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 10 Old 09-19-2017, 07:23 PM
CJ7-Tim
Real Jeeps have dents
 
CJ7-Tim's Avatar
2000 XJ Cherokee 
 
Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: out in the garage - Minneapolis
Posts: 25,789
There are only two possibilities, gear oil or brake fluid. Gear oil is thick and stinks, brake fluid is very light weight and has very little smell.

.

A recent Gallup public opinion poll shows the NRA, at 58% approval, has a higher approval rating than either Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama.

Progressive Liberalism: Bringing you new Healthcare ideas so wonderful, they have to include mandatory participation ...

Originally Posted by Ronald W. Reagan: Government is not the solution to our problems; Government is the problem.
CJ7-Tim is offline  
post #3 of 10 Old 09-19-2017, 07:31 PM Thread Starter
TrlBlzn
Registered User
2005 LJ Wrangler 
 
Join Date: Sep 2017
Location: Fort Worth
Posts: 12
I just changed the rotors and break pads a few days ago but I didn't disconnect or bleed the lines.
The lines are dry.
Where else could it have leaked from?

Sent from my VS995 using Tapatalk
TrlBlzn is offline  
 
post #4 of 10 Old 09-19-2017, 08:01 PM
puppybreath
Registered User
1989 YJ Wrangler 
 
Join Date: Oct 2016
Location: hardy dam
Posts: 438
As Tim said, gear oil leaking seal in axle.
puppybreath is offline  
post #5 of 10 Old 09-19-2017, 08:29 PM
azzkicker
Registered User
2007 WK 
 
Join Date: Dec 2016
Location: Beaverton
Posts: 630
It could be leaking brake fluid around the caliper pistons, which are not even close to where they had been riding because the new pads are thicker. That would come out on the back of the pad.

It could be the axle seals that are supposed to keep your gear oil in the axle.

If you don't know when it started, I'd assume it's gear oil from tired seals. If it started right after the brake pad replacement, I'd vote brake pistons and replace the calipers. It shouldn't be hard to tell the difference if you can get a drop on your finger. I'd start there.

Oh, and since there's a lot of air moving around down there, sometimes a leak can come from one place, and get blown around, confounding diagnosis.

If you got fluid on your brake pads, I'd replace them again after I was sure I'd fixed the leak and cleaned every bit of residue from the rotors with brake cleaner.

07 WK 5.7 QD2, 4" lift, 33X10" tires, M8000s
ARB twin air,Dual AGM group 49, sliders and skids
azzkicker is offline  
post #6 of 10 Old 09-19-2017, 09:14 PM
biffgnar
Moderator
 
biffgnar's Avatar
2006 TJ Wrangler 
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Westchester, NY
Posts: 23,216
Gear oil and brake fluid look, smell and taste different. Shouldn't be that hard to figure out which one it is.
azzkicker likes this.
biffgnar is offline  
post #7 of 10 Old 09-20-2017, 09:17 PM Thread Starter
TrlBlzn
Registered User
2005 LJ Wrangler 
 
Join Date: Sep 2017
Location: Fort Worth
Posts: 12
It is the axle seals. Both of them.
Called 4wheel parts, who did my gears, to give em hell but it's covered under their warranty so it's all good.
Thanks for helping me think about the obvious y'all.

Sent from my VS995 using Tapatalk
TrlBlzn is offline  
post #8 of 10 Old 09-21-2017, 02:47 AM
dflewelling
Registered User
1995 ZJ 
 
Join Date: Aug 2014
Location: Sioux City
Posts: 266
Another thing about brake fluid is that it tastes absolutely horrible. Im not recommending you take a swig, but ive had it get in or near my mouth once and i definitely knew what it was haha. Its much thinner than gear oil, good chance its coming out the piston if its the bore is questionable.

Sent from my SM-G935V using Tapatalk
dflewelling is offline  
post #9 of 10 Old 09-21-2017, 06:28 AM Thread Starter
TrlBlzn
Registered User
2005 LJ Wrangler 
 
Join Date: Sep 2017
Location: Fort Worth
Posts: 12
Quote:
Originally Posted by dflewelling View Post
Another thing about brake fluid is that it tastes absolutely horrible. Im not recommending you take a swig, but ive had it get in or near my mouth once and i definitely knew what it was haha. Its much thinner than gear oil, good chance its coming out the piston if its the bore is questionable.

Sent from my SM-G935V using Tapatalk
That's what I was thinking it was because axle seals don't usually go out at the same time.
I had mechanic shop around the corner check it out. The brakes are perfect.
It's definitely the axle seals.

Sent from my VS995 using Tapatalk
TrlBlzn is offline  
post #10 of 10 Old 09-21-2017, 03:53 PM
mukluk
Registered User
2000 TJ Wrangler 
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Clyde
Posts: 2,582
Quote:
Originally Posted by TrlBlzn View Post
That's what I was thinking it was because axle seals don't usually go out at the same time.
They do if it was the same person installing both axles and damaging the seals.
TrlBlzn likes this.

2000 TJ SE
2005 LJ Rubicon
mukluk is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the JeepForum.com forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid e-mail address for yourself.



Email Address:
OR

Log-in









Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.




Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome