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andrew
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10/05/2001
21:36:53

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I am planning on changing my rear diff fluid thsi fall like I did last fall and am concerned about water contamination in my lubricant. What situations will put water in there and what can I do to avoid it?



TigerDak
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10/05/2001
21:51:26

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I'd say there would be only ONE reason why you'd have H2O in your rear diff - your seal wasn't very tight, and you may have leaked out some fluid and in comes the water.

Other than that reason, I cant think of any other way it could get in there. By the way, its not necessary to changed diff fluid annually. But if getting water in there is a recurring problem, get that fixed!



andrew
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10/05/2001
21:59:41

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Isnt there a breather hole in the top of the diff?



Hawkeye
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10/05/2001
22:47:48

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Actually Tiger you can get water in the diff very easy. That is why most axles have the vent tube to which Andrew is reffering. Any time you have the axle under water you can get it in the diff. Mainly it comes in through the axles. Usually not in large amounts. The vent tube is there to let the water evaporate. If it is a lot though it wont all evaporate and will cause damage. Its always a good idea to change your gear lube ever so often but unless you are driving through water deep enough to cover the axle on a regular basis you probably wont have to worry about it too much. We have lots of axles and diff's go bad here in Florida from water. Dont know if you guys out west have to worry about it quite as much as we do.

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Jeff
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10/05/2001
23:45:14

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This whole string sounds nasty. :-)



andrew
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10/05/2001
23:47:51

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I know, that is what I was afraid of



Lesley
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10/06/2001
00:10:50

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Well, yeah Andrew. Just be thankful Doc Q. never got a hold of it.

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andrew
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10/06/2001
00:12:25

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What are you doing awake?



Lesley
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10/06/2001
00:14:50

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It's only midnight in Canada, I just got home. And why are you awake, have you finished typing that paper yet?

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andrew
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10/06/2001
00:17:34

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Nope, still blocked. My mom keeps telling me to go to bed but my professor wont understand that. I HATE COLLEGE!!!



Lesley
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10/06/2001
00:20:48

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Go to bed. Listen to your Mom. Things always look better in the morning.
G'Night Andrew.

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andrew
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10/06/2001
00:22:30

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cant do it. gotta finish. see ay in the chat room




TigerDak
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10/06/2001
01:54:01

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Yeah Hawk I thought about that. On my Dak my rear diff breather tube goes all the way up and is attached to the bottom of the bed. That would mean somebody would have to be in 36-48" of water to have it getting in that route. But I did not think about the axles letting in water. I would assume near the wheels? That is probably where the H2O would be coming in...



Hawkeye
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10/06/2001
07:36:57

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Exactly Tiger. Thats why the vent tubes are ran so high. The ends of the axles at the tires arent water tight though. Youd think there would be a way to seal them up but with all the moving parts I guess it would be kinda hard. You are right though the diff itself is waterproof. Just make sure to keep checking to make sure that nothing has pulled the breather tube off like sticks or branches or something. Have seen a couple that that happened to and the owner didnt know it.

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Lesley
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10/07/2001
09:17:07

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Thanks for that info, Hawkeye. I never realized it was vented. I got the latest issue of "Truckin" yesterday and there was a good tip for adding lube to the rear axle. Since it's so thick, it can be a real pain to pour so they suggest warming it up in the microwave for a minute.

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Clevite 77
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10/09/2001
16:06:09

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Nice post Lesley never thought ta heat it, great idea. That would make things go a lot quicker.



Jon
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10/11/2001
00:15:10

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andrew? Where do you go to college?

Oh yeah your original question. The simplest fix I can think of is to use toilet paper and dont poop in the shower.

Sorry couldnt resist..hehe



andrew
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10/11/2001
10:42:10

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No prob Jon, I got a good chuckle out of it. I go to American Rivier College. Its a community college here in sacramento.



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