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Leaking Front Differential

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by PcBuilder14, Jul 31, 2011.

  1. Jul 31, 2011 at 7:40 PM
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    PcBuilder14

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    What would need to be done to fix this leak in my front differential? This is where the right axle meets the front differential. It's not leaking majorly, but it's only been sitting for about 2 hours. Also both sides seem to be leaking in this area just a little, this one is more so though.
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  2. Jul 31, 2011 at 7:45 PM
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    I think there are axle seals that go on both CV axles that seal the diff right there, I don't think they are expensive, just take some time to install.
     
  3. Jul 31, 2011 at 7:49 PM
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    I hope you're right, because before I cleaned it all up it looked like the whole axle was going to have to be replaced, due to every last bit of gear oil had been slung out on the passenger side. I'll check again in the morning to be sure that it's not just residue degreaser from earlier.
     
  4. Jul 31, 2011 at 7:53 PM
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    Im pretty sure they are just seal there, cause i know when you replace a cv axle, you lose a little gear oil from the diff right there.
     
  5. Jul 31, 2011 at 7:57 PM
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    Would I just get these from the dealership or what, sorry I'm pretty new to engine and other components like this.
     
  6. Jul 31, 2011 at 8:10 PM
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    Should be able to get them at just an auto parts store.

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  7. Jul 31, 2011 at 8:17 PM
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    Okay, thanks!
     
  8. Jul 31, 2011 at 8:19 PM
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  9. Jul 31, 2011 at 8:36 PM
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    So basically I just need to replace the inner dust/fluid seal correct? Also locking it into 4lo to go up things such as a steep hill wouldn't hurt anything would it?
     
  10. Jul 31, 2011 at 8:39 PM
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    Yes there is seal there that is probably leaking, it's like $16 at toyota.
     
  11. Jul 31, 2011 at 8:45 PM
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    Okay, have either of you done this before? I'm going to be busy for the next month or so, so I need to know if my and my dad could do it within a couple of hours or would it be easier just to take it somewhere...
     
  12. Jul 31, 2011 at 8:47 PM
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    It's not too bad if you've changed a cv axle before. Jack truck up, remove wheel, remove dust cap, remove cotter pin and bolt. Take out 4 bolts from lca, seperate rotor from cv axle, remove cv axle, pull out seal, replace seal then put it all back together.
     
  13. Jul 31, 2011 at 8:54 PM
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    Hmm, doesn't seem too bad. I probably won't have time to talk about it with my dad until Tuesday. My dad had the right axle replaced at a mechanic because he didn't have time, but I'm sure he knows how. Really bad timing for me cause I just got new mud tires and have only been able to test them going up a hill in 2 wheel drive.. lol
     
  14. Jul 31, 2011 at 11:31 PM
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    OME all around. TRD Supercharger. MIsc stuff.
    I did mine when I replaced my half shafts. I took a small prybar to pop the old one out. Did this from under the truck, removed skid plate. I seated the new seal by hand and then very carefully and slowly used 3-3/4 inch extension and a hammer to pound the new seal in. I did this very softly and went around the seal. Think about the pattern to tighten lug nuts. No leaks after I was done. You will have to remove half shafts. There is a good article for this on TTORA. The 4X4 link above is what I used to replave my half shafts. Good luck do it yourself If I was there I coould have it done in 1 hour no bullshit.
     
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