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Did my entire front axle decide to leak at once?

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by StandingCow, Jul 24, 2011.

  1. Jul 24, 2011 at 6:46 AM
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    I came out of work to see what everybody wants to see under their truck, a small puddle... so I check, and it is oil... diff oil... so I look under the truck and it is leaking from the diff, and both ends of the axle... wtf? We are in the middle of a heat wave... thinking maybe it was some extra oil that just forced it's way out... maybe it was too full?

    I took off the fill cap (after driving 45 min home from work) and some oil did come out, so it isn't low.. :confused:

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  2. Jul 24, 2011 at 6:54 AM
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    Maybe the vent tube is plugged.
     
  3. Jul 24, 2011 at 7:11 AM
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    That's all the way up in the engine bay though isn't it? I will check it.
     
  4. Jul 24, 2011 at 7:17 AM
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    It is but you never know. It could have broken at some point or come off at the diff end. Your pic in your sig suggests that you might get into some deep stuff.
     
  5. Jul 24, 2011 at 7:18 AM
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    Yea, I haven't changed my air filter or anything yet since our last offroad trip last week... and the engine was pretty muddy, I brushed the extra mud and all off the diff end, I bet that was it.

    So, since I did that did I blow the seals?
     
  6. Jul 24, 2011 at 7:20 AM
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    You might have but I am unsure.
     
  7. Jul 24, 2011 at 7:33 AM
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    Check fluid level, add some if necesary. Degrease and clean affected areas. Check vent tube for obstructions, blow out with compressed air(lightly) to check, or use your mouth. Drive somewhere, like from your house to one of the meets today, and check to see if and where there are leaks. Update us on results and let us know if ya wanna hand fixin'

    Also may still be covered under drivetrain warranty (60k), just make sure undercarraige is mud and dirt free so dealership don't give you BS excuse.
     
  8. Jul 24, 2011 at 7:35 AM
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    I checked and the fluid was fine (some even came out of the fill hole). I got the excess mud off the vent tube and spun it around to hopefully get anything else out.

    I would love to head to meet but I am about to go to sleep, just got off work. :D
     
  9. Jul 24, 2011 at 7:41 AM
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    Thanks for the quick advice all... I am probably gonna end up replacing the breathers with small lawnmower engine filters eventually...

    I noticed my rear diff housing is leaking a tad bit too, so I chalk it up to the ungodly heat wave + driving. I will just keep an eye on my fluid levels.
     
  10. Jul 24, 2011 at 7:42 AM
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    Sounds like your hours suck as bad as mine. Been at work since 230am.
     
  11. Jul 24, 2011 at 8:03 AM
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    I prefer the night shift actually... less politics.
     
  12. Jul 24, 2011 at 8:21 AM
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    Eat more chili, people won't bother with politics. Let alone anything else.
     
  13. Sep 17, 2011 at 11:28 PM
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