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Rear Diffrantial Leak 98' Ford Explorer

Dripping out of rear diff. I am thinking, drain fluid take apart rear diff., clean out old gasket, put in a new one, add fluid???

Is it that easy???

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  • jakedrob May 23, 2009

    Thanks...jacked up the car....(couldnt find my jack stands so just went under the car to take a quick look and cleaned it off)....cant tell where the leak is coming from. The bottom of the rear diff is wet but the drops of fluid on the ground are about 6" towards the front of the car from the diff.????

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It should be that easy if the leak is from the gasket. If it from the seal, you will have to remove the drive shaft from the differential and remove the seal and put in a new one. Either way, the repair is fairly easy.

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  • its420_us May 23, 2009

    It sounds like it may be leaking from the seal. If so, do not remove the drive shaft from the transmission, or transfer case, just the rear end. If you pull the drive shaft from the trans, or transfer case, you will be leaking oil. When you pull the yolk from the rear end you will also leak a bit of oil, so be prepared. Rip out your old seal with a screwdriver or something of the nature, and replace it by tapping the new one in with a block of wood and a hammer.

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