My rear end hurts.
Took my Jeep (2004 Rubicon) up to Jack Powell in Escondido today. While it was on the rack I noticed some seepage from the rear axel seals (dana 44). The Tech. confirmed, said I needed two new axel seals.
He then grabbed my rear shaft at the diff, moved it slightly, and said I needed new pinion bearings. Ok I saw that there was a bit of movement at the pinion, and saw the oil seeping from the seals.
So the Tech said I should start thinking (can't say for sure how long things will last) about having the diff serviced. New seals, and pinion bearings (if thats all thats needed). He gave me a rough estimate of $1000.00 + or - a few $$.
I have 46,000 miles on the clock right now.
So does that sound reasonable?
1, Wait and see if it gets worse until its a must do?
2, Take it back to the dealer, $1000.00?
3, Take it to a local diff shop in San Diego Co? (Need recomendations on that one)
4, Do it my self (highly unlikely), with a little help from my friends (you all)?
I have no idea what the hell Im in for though.