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This morning while I was backing the truck out of the garage I noticed a small spot of something on the floor. Upon further investigation, it was gear lube.
Fearing a failed front differential seal I dropped all the shields from underneath an had a look around. No leaks around the differential. I traced the trail of fluid up through the wheel well into the engine compartment. There I found fluid underneath the front differential vent tube.
I replaced the front differential fluid last June (about 10K miles ago). I put in the required amount and had only a little bit come out of the fill hole before I closed things up. Since summer, I haven't noticed any problems. If the differential is slightly overfilled, why is it only starting to leak now? It's kind of strange. I've only run in 4WD about 10 miles so far this winter. I don't know if that's a factor or not. I guess I'll wait until warmer weather before I take the fill plug out and see if any excess fluid comes out.
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I don't see how fluid can increase with time unless you drove it in some deep water and it got in somewhere like in the differential seals.
Never had mine leak so far with almost 72K and daily 4x4 use.
Why not dump the fluid so you can inspect and reuse if it's clean and you have to?
Let us know what you find. Good luck.
My '06 front diff leaked from the vent tube a couple of times right after I bought the truck, and never noticed it again... until after I replaced the fluid at 30K miles. When I drained the front it was really low. I refilled w/ the specified amount. At 35K, I too noticed fluid on my driveway; it was from the front vent tube again. This time I carried it to the dealer, they replaced they front diff right away, blaming it on a bearing inside the diff. Now, at a little over 38K I noticed the coming out of the vent again. And I haven't had it in 4WD since I tested it when I picked up the truck after they replaced the front diff.
I wonder what the real issue is here??
Is the fill hole higher on the Mag-hytec than on the OEM differential cover?
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