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Old April 17th, 2011, 09:25 AM
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90 wt out of ARB compressor?

I've noticed that I've been getting the strong smell of 90 weight when I'm on a long highway ride. The axles, gearbox and transfer box are all dry (believe it or not!). Yesterday I removed the passenger seat box compartment cover (where the ARB air locker compressor is located) and there was a puddle of 90 weight in there covering the jack, tool roll and the area around the base of the compressor. It appears 90 weight is coming in from the air line from the rear diff. My plan is to wrap the fitting in teflon tape and tighten it- but I'm wondering if it's normal for this to happen? I haven't checked yet- but I'm suspecting I may have a plugged axle breather. Any thoughts? (1994 D90 NAS)

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Old April 17th, 2011, 09:50 AM
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I had a clogged breather cause the exact same thing on a J**p I used to own.

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Old April 17th, 2011, 09:58 AM
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Me too... Clean out your breather tubes.

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Old April 17th, 2011, 10:46 AM
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It could very well be the seals in the locker itself. Oil could be getting in from worn seals and is making it's way back through the air line. I don't believe there should be any oil in the line itself.
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Old April 17th, 2011, 11:05 AM
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Mine used to do that.... it was seals in the ARB itself.

for a while i just placed a rag over the top of the compressor to catch the "mist" of oil that sprays out when you disengage, but (after i had the seal done) I foudn out that you can get a small aero adaptor that fits into the top of the air solenoid, you can then fit (one or 2) pipes from the solenoids and run them through a grommet in the bodywork, and let it vent to "outside"

I now have no oily smell at all in the cab.
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