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Old September 26th, 2012, 04:44 PM
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ARB Pushing Oil Out The Solenoid

What's the general consensus on fluid coming out the solenoid? Bad o-rings?

I came across this in my searches:

"Some Salisbury axles were manufactured with poor oil drainage between the axle tubes and the differential housing. This can often result in one of the axle tubes filling up with differential oil while running. In most cases this will result in a blocked air vent which will cause the differential housing to pressurize and expel oil from the axle seals at the wheels or force oil into the air system of the Air Locker, eventually expelling oil at the solenoid valve. This is a design flaw which was corrected by most automakers in the later releases of their axle assemblies. If no lower drainage point is present in the differential housing then it is critical that you modify the housing to include one"

I do have a rear Sals, and I do have a leaking hub. Just wondering if I should pull out the locker to inspect and just leave it alone.
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Old September 26th, 2012, 04:46 PM
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Yes sounds like it may be worth your time. I take it you already checked to make sure the breather isnt clogged?
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Old September 26th, 2012, 04:49 PM
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I take it you already checked to make sure the breather isnt clogged?
Not yet, still getting there...
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Old September 26th, 2012, 06:15 PM
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Clogged axle breather line caused oil to leak out my rear hubs.
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Old September 26th, 2012, 06:22 PM
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I would check the breather first but it isn't hard to pull the rear cover on the sals and check inside to see. On a side note....did you install the rear ARB? I have to do one on mine and just haven't gotten around to doing it.
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I would check the breather first but it isn't hard to pull the rear cover on the sals and check inside to see. On a side note....did you install the rear ARB? I have to do one on mine and just haven't gotten around to doing it.
Yeah, just researching what to expect. I did the install on the ARB two years ago. It's not hard with the proper tools.
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Old September 27th, 2012, 04:24 PM
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this is like your fuel line. check the breather first please
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this is like your fuel line. check the breather first please
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Old September 27th, 2012, 04:42 PM
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rarely. but, I like to make a big show of it when I am

I talked with Robert Davis today and he asked how your truck was running. Also wanted to know who made your seat covers.

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rarely. but, I like to make a big show of it when I am

I talked with Robert Davis today and he asked how your truck was running. Also wanted to know who made your seat covers.
Yeah, he emailed me.

Just checked the breather. It's clear and so is the tube.

Now, I am running ARB line as breathers, so perhaps the diameter isn't big enough to let the axle breathe?

I am also running a massive HD diff cover with a fill plug that's pretty high. It's conceivable that I have too much fluid in the diff and it's over pressurized. This all started after I topped it off a few weeks ago. Before that it was fine....
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If the fill plug is higher than the axle tube this is very likely..
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Interesting. Maybe if the breather line was bigger than the ARB line it would be a "path of least resistance" type situation. I had oil pushing up my ARB lines a few years ago and it was the breather. Another thing you can do is operate the locker and see if you hear air leaking inside the diff. That would be indicative of a seal problem.



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Yeah, he emailed me.

Just checked the breather. It's clear and so is the tube.

Now, I am running ARB line as breathers, so perhaps the diameter isn't big enough to let the axle breathe?

I am also running a massive HD diff cover with a fill plug that's pretty high. It's conceivable that I have too much fluid in the diff and it's over pressurized. This all started after I topped it off a few weeks ago. Before that it was fine....
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Yeah, fill plug is way higher. I still try to keep the fluid level at the axle tube, but it's not an exact science.
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What's that welded to the RHS of the pumpkin?
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What's that welded to the RHS of the pumpkin?
Reverse extended bumpstop.
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Yea my guess is its overflowing especially since it just started happening when you topped it up. The fill plug is super high, what diff pan is that?
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Yea my guess is its overflowing especially since it just started happening when you topped it up. The fill plug is super high, what diff pan is that?
It's a no-name I found on eBay for a Dana 60. It's pretty stout! I think it was about $90 shipped.
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Hold your old cover up there and mark height of the fill hole on the new cover.

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I know where it should be, but it's not like you can put a dipstick in there. The ring gear is right in the way. I use a zip tie and that seems to work somewhat as a level indicator.
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I put a Poison Spyder diff cover on my sals and had the same problem, no ARB However, but mine was pushing oil out the flange. Dropped the fluid level and problem solved.
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I put a Poison Spyder diff cover on my sals and had the same problem, no ARB However, but mine was pushing oil out the flange. Dropped the fluid level and problem solved.
That's good to hear.
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