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Old 08-03-2019, 02:34 PM
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Leaky axle seal?

I think I have a leaking axle seal on the driver side. Noticed a tiny puddle of oil on the garage floor so I got under it and looked. It's a 2018 with 11000 miles. Seems odd. Is it normal? I've been running 33s on properly backspaced wheels for 10000 of those miles. I know that puts stress on some things like balljoints, but I didn't expect problems from the axle assembly for this size tire. I've done some offroading, nothing extreme, really just forest roads with occasional mud and water crossings. I think it should be covered by warranty and the two dealers I'm considering taking it to (one is where I bought it) are reportedly mod friendly. If it's not warrantyable I'll most likely dive into it myself. And possibly put in a Torq locker and new diff cover while I'm at it.

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It is. I got mine replaced under warranty with much more modifications

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Thanks. I guess my next question is how much do I need to limit my driving until I can get it taken care of?
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Thanks. I guess my next question is how much do I need to limit my driving until I can get it taken care of?
If it’s damp and not wet (ie. Collecting drips on bottom of inner C) then you’re fine. At that rate you’ve got a lot of driving.

To be sure, you can top your diff off by removing the TOP plug and filling until it drips out. If you remove plug and it drips out, then you’re good and haven’t lost more than a few ounces.

If you lost a significant amount, you would have known it by know.
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P.S. 2018 still under warranty, take that in! You do not want to replace an inner axle seal on your own if you don’t have to
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I had some fluid leak out both ends of my rear axle during a hot trip to Death Valley last month. Only a tiny amount came out of the passenger side, just enough to see some dampness on the bottom of the hub, and a bit more came out on the driver side, enough to drip a bit down onto the rim. I checked the level and it was still fine so total leakage was minimal, and it hasn't leaked since. But I still plan to go into the dealer at a convenient time to have the seal replaced.
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Rear seals are a bit different. The axle tubes are meant to have diff in them to lube the bearings which are at the ends of axle tubes, pressed on, with seals, to axle shafts. Your vent on right rear axle tube should vent any pressure but I suppose in heavy use, high heat conditions there could be seepage.

Just did one side. Pretty simple if you have a press.
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If itís damp and not wet (ie. Collecting drips on bottom of inner C) then youíre fine. At that rate youíve got a lot of driving.

To be sure, you can top your diff off by removing the TOP plug and filling until it drips out. If you remove plug and it drips out, then youíre good and havenít lost more than a few ounces.

If you lost a significant amount, you would have known it by know.

Thanks. There is a drip point at the bottom of the C but it's not what I would consider 'dripping'- I can't watch it.



I'm going to call the dealer monday to set up an appointment to bring it in. Need to call them anyway on my chrysler that's due for airbag recall.
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