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