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Old 08-22-2011, 09:18 PM   #1
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Angry Diff Leak Rear Cover

ok now week 2 after my regear and since the regear I have spent $100+ on gear oil+rtv+lube locker gasket= still leaking... i guess I should had listened to everyone else and never gone with the shiny chrome cover cause its not half as thick as the oem I took off. after paper gasket removed I tried rtv after rtv removed I tried lube locker now in the past hour I have removed the chrome cover and reapplied factory dana with silicone and if there is oil on the ground in the morning I might light it... its leaking from the cover btw not from yoke... anyone else ever been this frustrated

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Old 08-22-2011, 09:44 PM   #2
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For some reason the stock cover on My rear Dana 35 would leak when sealed with silicone resealed it 2 times still leaked replaced it whth a FelPro Paper type gasket & no more leak,Make sure cover & axle are perfectly clean & be sure cover is not bent where it seals.

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Old 08-22-2011, 10:10 PM   #3
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Im thinking that cheap $h!t chrome cover i bought after I over tightened it just a bit got it alittle warped at the bottom... hope the oem holds after I leave from work tomorrow will be if its gonna work or not sign... puddle or no puddle
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Old 08-23-2011, 06:57 AM   #4
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I run the Lube Lockers and have reused them each oil change over the past 2yrs and no leaks, make sure your not over tightening them and that the cover is smooth and clean
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Old 08-23-2011, 07:50 AM   #5
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Yeah it sounds like the thinner cover probably bent, either too thin, or too heavy handed on the torquing of the bolts caused it to deform around the bolt holes.

See that's what you get for putting chrome on a Jeep.
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Old 08-23-2011, 09:31 AM   #6
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I believe that the torque for those bolts are only 25-30ft/lbs... so they dont need to be gorilla tight... lol
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Old 08-23-2011, 06:05 PM   #7
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yeah I went behind the mechanic when I got my jeep home from the regear and put the guns to the diff bolts next day noticed a drop so next day is when i started to trying the reseal process then to find out lube locker says 35 ft/lb max and oh yeah I had my lube locker next day rushed and after I over tightened it broke the thing in 30 minutes after a test drive noticed drippin thank goodness since my stock cover was put on yesterday with silicone not one drop has been noticed at any stops or parking spots
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Old 08-24-2011, 07:20 AM   #8
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Yea those chrome covers are looks only and are stupid thin. Be glad you weren't out wheeling and took a good hit to the cover, would have busted that chrome cover
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Old 08-24-2011, 11:15 AM   #9
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I'm having my TJ re-geared next week. Is the chrome cover something that is going to come standard or was that an add on? I'm just wondering if I need to give the mechanic any special instructions ahead of time to avoid this. I'm a newb to all of this and not mechanical so I'm trying to learn from everyone else's mistakes!
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Old 08-24-2011, 11:37 AM   #10
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No the chrome cover is what he bought....

When yours is re-geared it will use the same cover that is removed for the install
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Great, thanks!
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Old 08-24-2011, 06:52 PM   #12
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Yeah avoid the chrome its retarted thin leaked on me and was a good waste of money and time
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I believe that the torque for those bolts are only 25-30ft/lbs... so they dont need to be gorilla tight... lol
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yeah I went behind the mechanic when I got my jeep home from the regear and put the guns to the diff bolts next day noticed a drop so next day is when i started to trying the reseal process then to find out lube locker says 35 ft/lb max and oh yeah I had my lube locker next day rushed and after I over tightened it broke the thing in 30 minutes after a test drive noticed drippin thank goodness since my stock cover was put on yesterday with silicone not one drop has been noticed at any stops or parking spots
Both of you are very close. LL calls out torquing the bolts twice, first at 30, then at 35, in a star pattern. I have LL gaskets on my front and rear axles. They are worth every penny, since RTV sucks.
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Old 08-27-2011, 02:23 PM   #14
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Well I broke my lube locker by over tightening and had it off within 1hr of installing but all my problems were due to the chrome cover causing the leaking, since factory cover back on still not a drop rollin strong.

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