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post #1 of 32 (permalink) Old 08-20-2018, 07:05 AM Thread Starter
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Good morning everyone. I backed my Prowler out of the garage this weekend to clean it up some more and notice oil on the ground. Area from which it came from was the front differential. Any ideas of what on the differential could have leaked or known problems?


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post #2 of 32 (permalink) Old 08-20-2018, 09:24 PM
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Only place to leak is an axle seal or input (driveshaft) seal. Check the vent, they get plugged up and under pressure can cause a seal to leak. Just in case you DO trade her off, drop the level, clean it off and let the new owner owner figure it out.... OH, I"M JUST KIDDING!!! I would never do that....
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Well...I finally got into working on the front diff last night. The diff had water mixed with oil which is probably why I was losing 4wd. Once I manage to get the diff out, I plan on cleaning it up, putting new seals in and putting it back together. Any ideas on how water is getting in? The vent looks like just a sealed accordion type on the top. Should I take that off and run a line all the way up to my snorkels?

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I don't think that's gonna make you loose the workings of the front dif. Its not good for the bearings or gears, but mechanically it shouldn't keep it from engaging or disengaging. Its probably the actuator, if that's whats going on. How much water was in it?

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I don't think that's gonna make you loose the workings of the front dif. Its not good for the bearings or gears, but mechanically it shouldn't keep it from engaging or disengaging. Its probably the actuator, if that's whats going on. How much water was in it?

There was quite a bit but at least it still had some oil in it. The inside looks good and still moves freely. I was wondering about the actuator also but it seems to function correctly. Next option are the cv axles.

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I think I know the problem! The switch's contacts may be dirty. Mine did this about a year ago. Spray WD40 in the switch on the dash and work the crap out of it. Don't use contact cleaner! It melts the plastic and ruins the switch! I spray WD into my switches religiously. Its cheaper than replacing them every few years.

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If your in water a lot, I would suggest extending the accordion up higher. Filling to the proper level is very important, very easy to overfill.

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I found a similar puddle under mine, turned out that the passenger side axle had popped out. I've since switched to the newer White Collar Axles. Also the actuator has several O-Rings that may leak. The bellows if in good condition is sealed, the seals on the differential could allow water in if they are in bad shape, or the O-Rings could have worn out. Any or all could be a source of a water/lube leak.

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I found a similar puddle under mine, turned out that the passenger side axle had popped out. I've since switched to the newer White Collar Axles. Also the actuator has several O-Rings that may leak. The bellows if in good condition is sealed, the seals on the differential could allow water in if they are in bad shape, or the O-Rings could have worn out. Any or all could be a source of a water/lube leak.

Now that I have pulled the diff out "which was a royal pain until I figured out the process" I believe the seals are good and it was just overfilled due to water being in them. I think my next step is inspect everything this weekend, reinstall, and extend the vent up to the dash. I'm also going to drain and extend the vent for the rear diff as well.

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If your in water a lot, I would suggest extending the accordion up higher. Filling to the proper level is very important, very easy to overfill.

Doing that this weekend on both the front and rear.
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