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    Differential leaking

    Last weekend I took my jeep out to do some wheeling. I just noticed my rear differential is leaking.

    I dragged my rear differential over a rock. And it looks like the stock diff cover was a tad bit bigger than the differential so the lip of the cover is ground down a little. I'm guessing this pulling/grinding on the diff cover caused the seal to break. That's where it is leaking.

    Is the stock diff covers weak? Is this common? If I go to a good after market cover do I need to worry about this? Or should I just do a diff skid?


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    I have an aftermarket diff cover on my rear Dana 44 (Poison Spyder) and it's taken a beating. Hasn't leaked once, knock on wood lol


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    Quote Originally Posted by Mtb275 View Post
    Last weekend I took my jeep out to do some wheeling. I just noticed my rear differential is leaking.

    I dragged my rear differential over a rock. And it looks like the stock diff cover was a tad bit bigger than the differential so the lip of the cover is ground down a little. I'm guessing this pulling/grinding on the diff cover caused the seal to break. That's where it is leaking.

    Is the stock diff covers weak? Is this common? If I go to a good after market cover do I need to worry about this? Or should I just do a diff skid?


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    it's common.

    depending on how much it bent, you can remove it and flatten it out and grind the lower bit that hangs below the diff - if it still hangs lower.

    clean off any old gasket, RTV and fill with fresh oil.

    Stock covers are pretty strong - I've got a couple of new solid covers but haven't needed them

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    I did the same thing. Took my stock one off and beat it straight again. Rtv'd it and called it a day.

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    Thanks for the quick replies.


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    Remove the cover, bang it hard. Recover for a later time


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    Quote Originally Posted by Heavyhaul07 View Post
    Remove the cover, bang it hard. Recover for a later time


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    Quote Originally Posted by WJCO View Post
    Ahhhh....college......
    Just spit my coffee out.

    So true!


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    Ahhhh....college......
    What....you stopped after college??
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