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Im slowly leaking differential fluid.

My rear passenger wheel is covered in differential fluid. it is only on the wheel not the differential itself. and it is a very slow leak but i want to get it fixed. im sure its a seal of some kind but i dont know what. also if i change one should i go ahead and change the other.

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Definitely replace both axle seals at the same time. It will save you time and money in the long run. When the axles are out be sure check for wear on the axles where the bearings make contact.

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