anyone wanna throw in some insight? I was walking out to my truck this morning to leave for work and noticed a small, but fresh puddle of fluid under the front of my truck. Looked under it and noticed the front diff was leaking. I finally had a chance to somewhat pinpoint the leak when I got home from work (work's only a 1.5-2 mile round trip). The leak appears to be originating from near the flange for the front drive shaft. I'd get pics, but I'm currently over at my gf's place without my camera.
Not looking forward to dropping the front diff given how fun it was for line-up with the RCD brackets.
April 7, 2005 the arrival of: '04 FX4 Level II - 5spd manual...me likey!
How necessary is the impact? In other words, can it be done with hand tools? I know impacts make things easier, but are sometimes necessary too. Unfortunately the only access I currently have to 2 are both about an hour drive away and me thinking driving that far with this leak is a no brainer. Right now I'm wondering if I shouldn't do new fluid in there anyhow, just drain the diff, new cover seal, and new pinion seal.
Oil puddles on the ground may look like a lot of oil but it really isnt.
You NEED and impact. I couldnt imagine trying without one, wait I did, its a pain, that thing is super tight. I could turn it manually but you need someone to stand on the brakes for the truck does not rock, trust me drive there and use the impact.
if it really is the pinion seal they dont leak that much that fast