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Rear diff 22k miles - Is this normal?

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by JasoTaco, Oct 9, 2010.

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22k miles is this normal?

Poll closed Nov 8, 2010.
  1. Yes

    4 vote(s)
    12.9%
  2. No

    27 vote(s)
    87.1%
  1. Oct 9, 2010 at 11:36 PM
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    JasoTaco

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    I was doing the rear differential breather locator and noticed the rear diff showing some signs of minor leaking. The truck has 22,000 mile on it, is this to be expected or should I go to my dealer and request they replace the seal?
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  2. Oct 9, 2010 at 11:46 PM
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    S.B.

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    I would have them check it out for sure.

    And wait on the mod until it is fixed.
     
  3. Oct 9, 2010 at 11:50 PM
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  4. Oct 10, 2010 at 12:24 AM
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    it does look moist.
     
  5. Oct 10, 2010 at 5:22 AM
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  6. Oct 10, 2010 at 6:34 AM
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    tacos

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    Might as well get it fixed now, it's free so take advantage of it.
     
  7. Oct 10, 2010 at 6:43 AM
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    mcgiiver

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    I am not so sure I would want the dealer to touch such a minor leak. I am a believer that in some cases, letting the dealer touch something will cause more harm than good.

    That differential was assembled in factory under controlled conditions, a technician at a dealership might not exercise the same care as the original builder.

    I might point it out to them and tell them you want to wait and see what happens in another 14000 miles (warranty). At least then you put them on record.
     
  8. Oct 10, 2010 at 7:23 AM
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    i have 88000 miles and no leaks
     
  9. Oct 10, 2010 at 7:36 AM
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    I'd get it fixed before the warranty runs out.
     
  10. Oct 10, 2010 at 9:03 AM
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    normal if you 'use' it.

    I seemed to have cured mine with Permetex "RightStuff."

    What's this Warranty you speak of? :)

    I personally would re torque to spec (it is not that high of a torque spec but I would do it all the same) and degrease and see what happens.
     
  11. Oct 10, 2010 at 9:27 AM
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    chris4x4

    chris4x4 With sufficient thrust, pigs fly just fine. Moderator

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    Thats not a leak at all. Oil seeping, maybe, but that looks like many rear diffs. It would take half a drop of oil to make that.....nothing to worry about IMHO>
     
  12. Oct 10, 2010 at 9:34 AM
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    My truck has a lot more seepage than that (23k miles) and my dealer said it was "normal." Just make sure the fluid level is topped up and you are good.
     
  13. Oct 10, 2010 at 9:40 AM
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    My Diff looks just like that, or at least very close at that millage range.
    I got under the truck and re-torqued all the bolts and I haven't noticed a change after cleaning it off.
    I wouldn't worry about it, just drive until you get to 25k-30k and change the oil. That would be a good time to clean it off, and re-torque.
     
  14. Oct 10, 2010 at 1:42 PM
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    What's the torque specs for that?
     
  15. Oct 10, 2010 at 2:38 PM
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    chris4x4 With sufficient thrust, pigs fly just fine. Moderator

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  16. Oct 10, 2010 at 2:43 PM
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    Good advice perhaps but, if a tech at a dealership is too inept to repair it correctly the manager needs to know about it.
     
  17. Oct 12, 2010 at 6:33 AM
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    I just dropped off the truck at the dealer, I'll let you guys know tonight what they say/did. Thanks for your input.
     
  18. Oct 12, 2010 at 5:59 PM
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    Well I got my truck back from the dealer and they said pretty much what I expected they would say. “It’s normal bla bla bla it’s not leaking” to which I reminded the mechanic the oil is supposed to stay in the inside of the diff not seep between the seal which you can clearly see. And of course then came more “bla bla bla Toyota won’t warranty it unless it’s dripping.” At least I now have documentation that I at least tried to bring the problem to their attention in case down the road I have more severe leaking problems.

    Also I asked him to re-torque the bolts but from what I can tell they didn’t even touch it, I don’t see any tool marks on the bolts.
     
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