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just found a new leak. does anyone know what is leaking in these pics? any help for possible problems and fix's are appreciated.





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Axle seal. Either the seal has a few miles, the front diff got overfilled blowing the seal, or an axle is bent. I haven't tore into the front end yet, but I can tell you it is going to be a job. Plan on doing both sides.
 

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i did hit a pretty good pothole the other day......crap. how long can i run it till i cause bad damage?
 

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What does the fluid smell lick and what is its consistency? put some fliud on yer finger and some axle fluid on the other. if they smell the same voila. axle seal. if not check it with the brake fliud. and so on. Cheap research. Expensive is takin it to a shop. your call.
 

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lost a seal, pain in the but to fix. specialty tools and what not, a lot of working blind. my dad and fixed one on my '99 and on his 95. he wound up making a tool to do it, i believe the passenger side is hardest side too... i'd take it to a shop personally, it could wind up being a heckuva mess if you don't get it fixed soon. good man.
 

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You have a pretty good drip going. I would shut her down and run a backup vehicle. Labor at a dealer is like $40-$60/hr. Might only cost you about $500-700 parts and labor. Find out if they have to order parts.
 

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if it's just a seal, it should be that much, but if it is a bent axle :$: mine went out due to excessive mud from the previous owner along with a pile of other seals...
 

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probably just the axle seal. That thing would vibrate like a mother f&^%*&^ if the axle was bent. Just keep the fluid full, or as full as possible so it doesnt take out a carrier bearing. Good luck i know they are alot of work. I am not sure about the newer trucks but my 97 leaked and my dad told me the seal was on the inside by the gears. He said almost complete dissasembly of the axle to replace. So i just kept it fulle, pulled the axle and wiped the axle off and put some oil on it and it actually stopped it
 

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probably just the axle seal. That thing would vibrate like a mother f&^%*&^ if the axle was bent. Just keep the fluid full, or as full as possible so it doesnt take out a carrier bearing. Good luck i know they are alot of work. I am not sure about the newer trucks but my 97 leaked and my dad told me the seal was on the inside by the gears. He said almost complete dissasembly of the axle to replace. So i just kept it fulle, pulled the axle and wiped the axle off and put some oil on it and it actually stopped it
this could be a possible fix if it was just pot hole, may knocked the seal around a little, keep her full of oil and it may seal back. but yeah, it is almost full axle dismemberment. <--- is that a word?
 

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can anyone help the guy in the helmet.....how do i keep it full? where do i fill it at?
 

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i'll see if i can get me camera to work, be right back :popcorn:
 

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fill it up to the threads, make you are leven, and check it often. make sure everything is clean you'll get a dust build up which could cause more problems.
 

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I just replaced my front drivers side axle seal. It wasnt too bad, just time consuming. As far as the fluid level: I've always been told that you want to be able to stick your finger in the fill hole and the oil should be just touching your finger tip (about 3/4" to 1" down from the fill hole).
 

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You shouldn't have to take the diff cover off, cause the axle will just pull out. That gear oil is fairly expensive. So if you do have to take the cover off for some reason, try to save all you can.
 

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You shouldn't have to take the diff cover off, cause the axle will just pull out. That gear oil is fairly expensive. So if you do have to take the cover off for some reason, try to save all you can.
loosen all the bolts, stick a cut 5 gallon bucket under neat and tap it with a rubber mallet, let it drain and reuse
 

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Personally, I don't reuse gear lube. Unless it's fairly new. It isn't that exspensive, and if it has any miles on it, it's good to change it anyways.
 
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