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Old March 20th, 2008, 09:57 AM
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passenger axle leaking fluid

The passenger side axle - where it comes out through the wheel flange - leaks so much fluid that it has spit off two of the rubber axle caps and covers the outside of the wheel with oil.
RN says it isn't a seal issue because it is supposed to lubricate that area and I don't have a parts schematic to dispute that but it seems there must be some issue or the other side would do the same. I did check the breather (ok) but the fluid is coming from the swivel balls according to RN.
Anybody had this problem?

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Old March 20th, 2008, 10:39 AM
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I'd check the breather again... did you take the fitting off the axle and check for blockage?
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Old March 20th, 2008, 10:42 AM
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If its coming from the swivel balls couldn't you just switch over to the grease and eliminate the problem?
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Old March 20th, 2008, 11:24 AM
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I did think about the grease solution, but I wanted to find out what was causing the problem first. Also, if I take the D90 through water and any gets in my swivel balls, I figure the grease is hard to drain and replace.
And I did check that the breather and lines are venting correctly.

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Old March 20th, 2008, 11:34 AM
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The seals are probably bad... Go ahead and replace them, then put the grease in. I think it really is the best option. Just pick up some Molly Grease, it is the same as LR Grease.
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Use Series steel dust covers instead of the plastic ones a little silicon in the groove on the flange and it will never leak again.
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Old March 20th, 2008, 09:55 PM
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I finally found a parts schematic and I can see an axle seal that may be the problem. I think I'll replace most of the seals and I really liked Keith's idea. I didn't realize the old Series caps would work.

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Its a snug fit and it would be a good idea to get a piece of pipe or tubing to fit around the cap so you are pounding on the flange not the end, I use a piece of PVC conduit and a soft hammer.
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