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So what’s leaking??

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by Junetaco03, Mar 4, 2021.

  1. Mar 4, 2021 at 12:21 PM
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    Junetaco03

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    I noticed a stain from a leak coming from the rear of my 2003 Tacoma 4x4 it looks like it’s coming out of the valve? Any opinions on what it could be? Here’s the pics BD225FA5-B21D-4807-AB50-1CC7C70445D3.jpg 62548D6E-AB69-44B1-8F97-03ED079795A8.jpg 56A50A5B-9577-4FCA-AE70-01338B1DF49D.jpg
     
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  2. Mar 4, 2021 at 12:48 PM
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    Taco critter

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    Did u check the breather ?? Clean it all up for starters and start looking
     
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  3. Mar 4, 2021 at 12:52 PM
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    This is the axle housing breather. It just unscrews like a bolt. You can check that it is not blocked. If so it should be pretty cheap to replace
    upload_2021-3-4_15-51-58.jpg
     
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  4. Mar 4, 2021 at 1:02 PM
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    Replace breather

    Remove fill plug first

    Remove drain plug second

    Drain, reinstall drain plug with new gasket, refill until it spits over, and reinstall fill plug with new gasket

    Note, the above should be done while on flat ground
     
  5. Mar 4, 2021 at 1:06 PM
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    thank you sir I’ll be doing that this weekend
     
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  6. Mar 4, 2021 at 1:09 PM
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    Knock out the front while you're at it; did mine last month

    You'll see I did the infamous 'Lexus plug' swap; you replace the 14mm hex drain plug with the drain plug used on a Lexus

    Baggie of parts are the new gaskets/crush washers





     
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  7. Mar 4, 2021 at 1:25 PM
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    75w 90 GL5?
     
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  8. Mar 4, 2021 at 1:33 PM
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    I wish there was a better front diff fill plug. That's the one that gets the most jacked up on my trucks.
     
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    I suggest removing the OEM axle breather and extending it up to and behind the fuel door.
    Plenty of info if you search.
     
  11. Mar 4, 2021 at 5:08 PM
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    Really?

    That one has a much lower torque value compared to the drain plug, so I can't imagine it really getting seized on there.
     
  12. Mar 4, 2021 at 5:48 PM
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    On my 98 it might as well be welded shut. Haven't gotten after it on the 04 yet. Too scurred.
     
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  13. Mar 4, 2021 at 9:57 PM
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    Not sure if it has been mentioned before but might want to do outside vs. garaged. If in a closed garage be prepared for the stink, it tends to linger.

    Also just noticed, might want to check your bushings :eek:
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  14. Mar 5, 2021 at 7:08 AM
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    Just what seems to smell I never noticed anything .

    Unless I drove over a Skunk again in my driveway better then being sprayed again.
     
  15. Mar 5, 2021 at 7:38 AM
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    Those are spherical bearings, not bushings, and look just as they should.

    Still wouldn't hurt to check them for play though.
     
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  16. Mar 5, 2021 at 9:23 AM
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    While you're in there replacing the breather, just do a breather extension. Super simple, and helps keep water from getting in the housing during water crossings.
     
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  17. Mar 5, 2021 at 9:24 AM
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    Yeah that’s what I plan on doing I’m going to search for the link for the install instructions thank you
     
  18. Mar 5, 2021 at 9:24 AM
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    But dunking it in water means you clean out your breather :anonymous:

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