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Old 01-04-2013, 02:55 PM   #1
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Hello. So I went Wheeling last night and came home. Nothing out the ordinary has been going on with it today. I crawled under to clean it and I have something hanging from my axle. Looks like a rubber seal or something. I don't have a picture of it but this is someone else's in the exact spot and to me is the same thing.

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Anything I need to worry about or do to this? Mine is split in half at the middle and hangs like this on both sides. It's between the axle and the dif cover I believe.

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Looks like loose RTV. By the looks of it, it might be time to pull the diff cover and clean things up. When was the last time you changed the diff oil?

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Old 01-04-2013, 03:43 PM   #3
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The picture is not mine. Mine looks like that but is cleaner lol. Is there anything I should worry about with that being that way? Do I need to fix it, leave it, or cut it off?
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If it just RTV (rubber between the diff and cover) then just cut it off if it not leaking.

Personally though, if you have never had your diff cover off to change the oil it might be worth doing very soon. It the RTV is getting old enough to come out it probably due. Plus its a good opportunity to check over your ring and spyder gears too.
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If it just RTV (rubber between the diff and cover) then just cut it off if it not leaking.

Personally though, if you have never had your diff cover off to change the oil it might be worth doing very soon. It the RTV is getting old enough to come out it probably due. Plus its a good opportunity to check over your ring and spyder gears too.
X2...at minimum, I would check your dif level.
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Old 01-04-2013, 04:10 PM   #6
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I'll ask my father when the last time was. So it's safe for me to just snip it off and not worry about it?
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That's like posting a picture of someone else's mole and saying "this is someone else's in the exact spot and to me is the same thing. Is mine cancerous"?

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Old 01-04-2013, 04:20 PM   #8
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That's like posting a picture of someone else's mole and saying "this is someone else's in the exact spot and to me is the same thing. Is mine cancerous"?
Sorry but I don't want to go out and crawl in the mud right now to take a picture cause of where I parked it. If I absolutely have to I will.
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Old 01-04-2013, 04:22 PM   #9
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I'll ask my father when the last time was. So it's safe for me to just snip it off and not worry about it?
Snip it if its bothering you....or just let it hang. Not a big deal either way if it not leaking.
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Old 01-04-2013, 04:47 PM   #10
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Snip it if its bothering you....or just let it hang. Not a big deal either way if it not leaking.
If it begins leaking, what's my options to fix?
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Differential Service

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Old 01-04-2013, 04:55 PM   #12
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If it begins leaking, what's my options to fix?
Unbolt the cover (with a drain pan underneath) and go through the steps to replace the RTV gasket and diff fluid. Its not that hard.

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That's like posting a picture of someone else's mole and saying "this is someone else's in the exact spot and to me is the same thing. Is mine cancerous"?

x2! Ask a question? And use someone else's pic - "CMON, MAN!" Stole from ESPN NFL.
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Old 01-04-2013, 05:12 PM   #14
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I would agree with everyone that the seal is on its way out... But yeah get a pic, then ask
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Here. Pics of mine. Fire away
Yep, imo its a seal thats given way and looks like a leak. I had the same problem on my tj, got my mechanic to open it up and re-seal.
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Old 01-04-2013, 10:28 PM   #17
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I'll check it in the morning but I haven't seen any leaking that is really noticeable.
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In my opinion, it appears to be leaking. The wet areas on the diff seem consistent with where the seal/gasket should be....... even if it doesnt leak when. Stationary, the pressure when in motion could be causing a seep, for now. Watch that. A repair could get pricey REALLY quick if you ignore it.
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In my opinion, it appears to be leaking. The wet areas on the diff seem consistent with where the seal/gasket should be....... even if it doesnt leak when. Stationary, the pressure when in motion could be causing a seep, for now. Watch that. A repair could get pricey REALLY quick if you ignore it.
So what do I do to it? Just pull it off and replace it? What exactly am I looking to get to do this?
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Unbolt the cover (with a drain pan underneath) and go through the steps to replace the RTV gasket and diff fluid. Its not that hard.

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Pretty straightforward.
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Old 01-04-2013, 11:16 PM   #21
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Very easy thing to do if you can operated basic hand tools. Take your time follow the instructions the other members have linked in this thread and you'll be fine. It's what owning a jeep is about. No need to have a mechanic do it.
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Very easy thing to do if you can operated basic hand tools. Take your time follow the instructions the other members have linked in this thread and you'll be fine. It's what owning a jeep is about. No need to have a mechanic do it.
Wasn't gonna have one do it anyways. Just I'm 17 and want to know what I'm tackling before hand. Managed to do a clutch and slave/master cylinder system already so this seems to be easy.
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Read through the how-to links above. Its a really good thing to know how to do yourself and its not that hard. Don't let it intimidate ya.

Think of WranglerForum as a chance to learn...well here is your opportunity to learn how to do a diff fluid change.
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Wasn't gonna have one do it anyways. Just I'm 17 and want to know what I'm tackling before hand. Managed to do a clutch and slave/master cylinder system already so this seems to be easy.
Easy peazy for you then my friend.
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An alternative to RTV are these nifty (pricey) seals: http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B008RA...094614-4380757
I have used one in my 30 and 44, pull the covers regularly, and never have a leak, seep, or any problems. There's no waiting for the sealant to cure, no oozing out around the bolt holes, etc. I hate leaks on my cement, and these things work fantastically. However, you can buy a lot of UltraBlack for the same price. But for convenience, you can't beat the Lube Lockers.

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