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Josh
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10/21/2001
14:28:03

Subject: Front Transaxle Leaking
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I have a 97 Dakota 4x4 and the front transaxle is leaking out of the breather tube. The front axle is spinning like the 4 wheel drive is engaged even though the shift is in 2 wheel. I did tighten my torsion bars yesterday and this started last night. Is it possible that raising the front end might have enough to mess up the linkage? Or do you think something else might be causing it? I would really appricate any help.



Boomer
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10/21/2001
16:49:43

RE: Front Transaxle Leaking
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The front axle will spin because it is engaged. By the shift handle being in 2wd, means the transfer case is in 2wd and not 4wd. They did this to keep us from having to go outside and lock the front hubs in when we go 4wd'n. I have a small leak in my 97 coming from the right side where the inner cv attaches to the axle. I just haven't had the time to fix it yet. Honestly I could not imagine fluid coming out of the breather tube unless some has over filled the axle, or something is blocking the fluid from moving to and from the gears. Have you ever had the fluid changed or checked it before? The fuild when properly filled will comeup to the bottom of the filler hole.

Boomer



Josh
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10/21/2001
18:23:44

RE: Front Transaxle Leaking
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I haven't changed the fluid before but I did check it today. It is right up to the bottom of the filler hole. I'm afraid that the 4-wheel drive is engaged even though the shifter is in 2 wheel. I guess my linkage is fubar. I suppose it could also be the transfer case. But if the 4-wheel drive was engaged would that make fluid come out the breather? Is it possible that driving at highway speeds is causing it to heat up and build up pressure to push some fluid out the breather? Any ideas?



Josh
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10/21/2001
18:41:42

RE: Front Transaxle Leaking
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Wait, I see what you mean Boomer. The hubs are always locked so the front drive shaft will always spin no matter what. So its not the transfer case and its not the fluid being too full. So, what is it? Possibly just a one time thing since I tighten up the torsion bars, raising the front, which changed the level fluid was at so maybe there was too much for the new angle? I don't know. I'll have to keep my eye on it.



jeff
Dodge Dakota


10/22/2001
09:39:56

RE: Front Transaxle Leaking
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This is not really a problem. I had a 97 that did the same thing. Shortly after I noticed it I got a recall notice in the mail. Apparently the breather hose isn't long enough and occasionally fluid will blow out the top of the breather. Give your friendly dodge dealer a call and double check it with them.



Josh
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10/22/2001
14:16:49

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Hey, thanks for the info. I was planning on giving my dodge dealer a call anyways. Hopefully I can get that fixed.



nextgen
Dodge Dakota


10/23/2001
15:10:47

RE: Front Transaxle Leaking
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The day after I bought my truck last year noticed the fluid leaking from the space between the right side axle tube, and the front dif....is that what you guys are talking about?? If so the dealer just siliconed around the houseing, they said when they axle tube was inserted into the front diff it must have pinched a seal. It works fine know though... Im not sure if this is what you were talking about but if it is I hope this helped...


Tony
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