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Unread Yesterday, 02:25 PM   #1
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I noticed fluid all over the inside of my passenger front tire. Its all over the axle C as well. Maybe its nothing but just curious to see experienced peoples opinions. Thanks.

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It could just be water from driving through a puddle but who knows.

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Looks like the inner axle seal is ripped, letting differential fluid out.

There is a seal around the axle shaft where it enters the differential.

Have you recently removed the axle shaft? If so, the splines of the end of the axle shaft can tear those seals when you install the shaft.

I doubt it is water. Look at the spray pattern. The fluid is dripping from the axle/center of the wheel, and being slung outwards as the wheel turns.
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Looks like you had new tires put on by looking at thoose shiny wheel weights.
So my guess would be that it is soap.
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Looks like the inner axle seal is ripped, letting differential fluid out.

There is a seal around the axle shaft where it enters the differential.

Have you recently removed the axle shaft? If so, the splines of the end of the axle shaft can tear those seals when you install the shaft.

I doubt it is water. Look at the spray pattern. The fluid is dripping from the axle/center of the wheel, and being slung outwards as the wheel turns.
I haven't done anything to the axles but that doesn't mean the seal isn't leaking. I will definitely look into it. Thanks for the suggestion.
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I haven't done anything to the axles but that doesn't mean the seal isn't leaking. I will definitely look into it. Thanks for the suggestion.
NP. Mine started leaking at about 30K miles, and I had never touched the shafts (yet).
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I noticed fluid all over the inside of my passenger front tire. Its all over the axle C as well. Maybe its nothing but just curious to see experienced peoples opinions. Thanks.

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It could just be water from driving through a puddle but who knows.
If I were you I would clean everything off the tire and area around the axle end first. Then drive around and see if you can notice were the leakage is coming from, if from anywhere.
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Wouldnt you know just by the smell if its diff fluid? 90 weight smells pretty freakin bad.
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Happy trails/Joeyprice have pulled a Sherlock Holmes delight-

Judging by the symmetrical display and the smell----

I'd hafta conclude--Axle seal-

There ain't no reason forit, it just happens !

Overfill usually causes the breather tube to "drain", not in the outer axle area !

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Thanks everyone. Yup, it's definitely axle seal leaking. Should be OK until it gets repaired as long as I don't use 4 wheel drive right?
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You still need to keep gear oil in it. JKs have live front axles, so the gears are always turning. I wouldn't avoid using 4 wheel drive as long as its topped off with oil.
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