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EMERGENCY-Diff Fluid Leaking

Discussion in 'Technical Chat' started by dysfunctnlretard, Aug 10, 2009.

  1. Aug 10, 2009 at 9:57 PM
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    dysfunctnlretard

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    I rode some dirt trails today and am now noticing that my truck is making a low whining noise when the gears are engaged (not in N or P). I checked it out and noticed the transmission fluid is leaking from the differential area. It's been like this for a few hrs and I know my tranny fluid is low. I'm out of the house tho, and it's 10 miles home. Should I top of the fluid and drive? If so, where is the dipstick and fill hole? Or should I just tow it home? I don't wanna spend alot of $$$ on towing. I still gotta find a way to take it to the dealership. Also, is this covere under warranty?
     
  2. Aug 10, 2009 at 10:00 PM
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    I'm a little confused is it you're transmission that's leaking fluid, or your diff that's leaking oil?

    anyways, the tranny is sealed and there's no way you can fill it at home.
     
  3. Aug 10, 2009 at 10:04 PM
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    dysfunctnlretard [OP] Hi

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    Well it's bright red fluid, so I'm guessing Its tranny fluid. It's leaking from the bottom of the axle tho..
     
  4. Aug 10, 2009 at 10:04 PM
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    the only way you can get tranny fluid in is to take it to the dealer ship. they have a special tool to do it, you can do it with a sports bottle if you need to, takes a long time.
     
  5. Aug 10, 2009 at 10:08 PM
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    so should I tow it or drive it 10 miles (assuming fluid level is low)
     
  6. Aug 10, 2009 at 10:12 PM
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    it depends, i couldnt drive 3 miles once it started skipping, scared the shit out of me. at a gas station for 5hrs putting some fluid back in.
     
  7. Aug 10, 2009 at 10:13 PM
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    tow it. if its that bad
     
  8. Aug 10, 2009 at 10:33 PM
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    if its bright red, its ATF.

    I wouldnt drive it, depending on how much fluid has leaked. I'd load it up on a flatbed and take it to the dealer, if it was me.
     
  9. Aug 10, 2009 at 10:52 PM
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    Same here
     
  10. Aug 10, 2009 at 11:02 PM
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    There is no fawking way ATF is leaking at the rear end. It have travel all the way down the driveline and would be all over the underbody.

    If it is thick like syrup it is gear oil from the rear end, if it thinner it is ATF. look under your truck to see if there is a coating of it.

    Look to see if you cracked the rear end housing.

    depend on fluid loss get a roll back to take home.
     
  11. Aug 10, 2009 at 11:20 PM
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    K.R.T. is correct, automatic transmission fluid is thin and as I previously stated, BRIGHT red.

    Gear oil from the rear end is thick, similiar to the consistantency of warm maple syrup. The two have a very contrasting odor. I trained nose will be able to identify immediately.
     
  12. Aug 10, 2009 at 11:26 PM
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    I don't think you know the difference between a tranny and a diff.

    What dealership are you taking it to?
     
  14. Aug 10, 2009 at 11:52 PM
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    Alright, just got home, thank god for my brother's AAA benefits, FREE TOWING!
    Im super confused though :confused: . The fluid is leaking from the rear only but I'm convinced its tranny fluid (bright red, thin fluid), but I thought tranny fluid would only be leaking from the front.

    I was planning on taking it to Toyota of Orange, unless anybody has a better place to go, Im DEFINITELY open to suggestions.

    Here are some pics of my truck, currently.

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  15. Aug 10, 2009 at 11:54 PM
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    dysfunctnlretard [OP] Hi

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    I probably dont. Hate to sound like an idiot but auto mechanics, oil changes, its all new to me. Never really cared about any of it untill I got my taco, which I truly care for. Sorry for the confusion but I'm trying to learn it all as fast as possible.:(
     
  16. Aug 10, 2009 at 11:55 PM
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    thats the thing, its not thick at all, super thin like water with red color. However, my driveline is clean, its only leaking from the rear. I guess I'm just confusing stuff...?
     
  17. Aug 11, 2009 at 12:04 AM
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    Where are you in CA?
     
  18. Aug 11, 2009 at 12:05 AM
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    dysfunctnlretard [OP] Hi

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    IM in orange county
     
  19. Aug 11, 2009 at 12:06 AM
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    Can you take a picture of where the drive shaft goes into the tranny?

    One of the techs that I worked with just left to go work at Toyota of Orange....
     
  20. Aug 11, 2009 at 12:22 AM
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    dysfunctnlretard [OP] Hi

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    Pics of Clean Driveline, Dirty Differential

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