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Old July 22nd, 2007, 03:38 PM
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where is drain plug for the swivel housing

I need to change my oil of my swivel housing to one shot, but where is the drain plug for it? I stupid q's, but i dont see it.

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Old July 22nd, 2007, 04:29 PM
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Old July 22nd, 2007, 05:11 PM
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i see the square head on top in front, but isn't there one on the bottom to drain it?
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Old July 22nd, 2007, 06:13 PM
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If you have a '97, (which I see you do) there is not one. Your truck came equipped with the "one-shot grease" from the factory.

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Old July 22nd, 2007, 06:19 PM
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Jim,
I replaced to gease with gear oil when I had to take out the axel and cv when I put my new gears and lockers in it. Can I pump out the oil or do I have to take the whole hub off?
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Old July 22nd, 2007, 07:45 PM
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I would just add more Genuine LR Lube to top it off. Pumping it i think would be hard since it is kinda gooey unless gear oil has crossed over the seal from the diff.
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Old July 22nd, 2007, 08:15 PM
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I will try it, but here is a bad cell phone pic of the seal.
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Old July 22nd, 2007, 09:52 PM
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I'm having the same problem from drivers side swivel ball - couldnt figure out the light metallic sound coming from the front wheel and couldnt see any leaking fluid from the swivel ball itself. Finally powerwashed the mud/trail crap off and let it sit and have a oil leak, at least what's left in the housing is still coming out. Anyone had luck using the LR "one shot" grease instead of redoing the oil seals?

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If you really need to drain the grease you can remove one (and only one, doesn't matter which) bolt from the lower swivel.....remove the fill plug for a vent and then spend several days waiting for it to drain. Slight pressure from an air hose will help. Adding some diesel or Kero first and driving around the block will thin it all down.

Grease will not fix damaged seals.
IMPORTANT: be sure to re-install the lower swivel pin bolt correctly
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Old July 23rd, 2007, 07:39 AM
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I agree with Mike. Just add some oil. I would worry about that metalic sound though...!
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Since we are on this subject again, if the seals are bad does that mean that the 80w90 diff fluid can freely flow in and out of the swivel housings?
And, is this okay as long as there are no leaks?
Should I leave it alone until they finally do leak?
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