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Unread 07-18-2003, 11:08 AM   #1
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Dana 44 Rear Axle oil seep?

This is my 1st post on this forum. Lot of good info. Very similar to the TDR forum (for Cummins Diesel owners).
My question is for those with experience with the D44 rear axle.
The rear on our 03 Rubicon seems to have what appears to be oil wicking on the exterior ends of the rear D44 right where the axle tubes meet the backing plates. No drips, just oil wicking onto the rust patina of the axle tubes at those points.
Now I've removed the wheels and rear brake rotors, and the seals are not leaking. No evidence on the interior of either side; emergency brake shoes are fine. Jeep only has 2900 miles.
Axle is not over filled. A call to the service manager of our dealer resulted in "thats normal for those axles". Sounds kind of fishy to me, but I've no experience with the D44. This never happened on the D35C on our YJ, nor has it ever happend on the D80 on the Dodge. Anybody ever see something similar on their D44 equipped TJ's?


03 Rubicon stock (so far)
95 Cummins Ram 4x4, not close to stock
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Unread 07-22-2003, 05:52 AM   #2
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I have a d44 in the rear of my 2000 sport that is doing the same thing. I can not say that it is normal, I just know that I am having the same problem. On the left side one of the axle seals blew out, and I took it to the dealer under warranty and had it repair, but the seepage is still there. Good luck with it.
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Unread 07-22-2003, 06:21 AM   #3
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Check this out, it is not a 44 itís the 30 front so it may be of no help. Your post does sound similar to the problem my front 30 had. If it is I posted what the dealer did to correct it at the bottom. I will take a look at my rear D44 to see if I see what you are describing.

Seepage post

Good luck

02 TJ sport, Teraflex 3", 33X12.5, 4.0, 5spd.,D30/D44 4:56 w/rear detroit
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