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Default Drive tire oil leak

On our way to the Destin FL area and stopped at a Walmart about 30 miles from the destination. Spotted oil on the rim on the right drive. Looks like it's the hub oil? Is this something that I can fix? Would I be able to make it to my destination?
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On our way to the Destin FL area and stopped at a Walmart about 30 miles from the destination. Spotted oil on the rim on the right drive. Looks like it's the hub oil? Is this something that I can fix? Would I be able to make it to my destination?
Looks like a lot of oil... I am thinking your vent on top of the axle may be plugged and is sending oil out the hub... If not your seal is shot, need to check the level in the axle.... Should not drive far low on oil could damage the diff... If its the outer seal at the hub its an easy fix, if its the inner seal its going to be alot more involved, need to pull wheels and pull the hub. The brakes are also most likely soaked and will need to be replaced. If the brakes are soaked, I would not drive it, it will reduce your braking and be dangerous...
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If the brake shoes are not wet, it could simply be the gasket or plug in the plastic sight glass leaking. That is an easy fix! The easiest way to cut that oil is with unleaded gasoline and a rag or paintbrush.
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I have seen the axle gasket leak on lots of Birds.
it could be that easy,there was a gasket problem way back.
I think the fix was to use sealer,not a gasket.
Of course you have to pull the axle,which means you need to remove the top hat,remove all of those nuts,and have a big hammer to get the axle out.
Yes,i think you can do it.


If the axle seal on the inside is leaking you can see it from the back side,like Jeff noted above.
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If the brake shoes are not wet, it could simply be the gasket or plug in the plastic sight glass leaking. That is an easy fix! The easiest way to cut that oil is with unleaded gasoline and a rag or paintbrush.
He did say drive axle,right?
If so,no plastic cap or red plug.
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He did say drive axle,right?
If so,no plastic cap or red plug.
The picture is the drive axle... so either the outer seal at the bolts or inner seal at back of hub.... hopefully its the outer seal, but i would expect to see the front of that hub all wet if it was the outer...
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right you are... The photos were small and I thought I was looking at a dark, plastic end-cap. The drive axle is a big job for someone who's never tackled it. Easy for a mobile road mechanic. My guess is that the paper flange gasket under the end cap is leaking.
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Yes, it is the drive axle. It looks like it is the outer. Took a peak under and there doesn't seem to be any leaks on the inside. We will be driving back to Atlanta next Sunday from Destin. Wondering if there are any shops in the Destin area or on the way back that we could have them fix it? Realizing that I probably don't have the tools to do it myself.
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Lets hope its the outer seal, any decent shop should be able to handle fixing the inner or outer. Hopefully someone knows some shops in that area...
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Inner seal leak will not get to the inside of the top hat. Its the axle flange gasket. Like Randy posted. Remove the top hat, remove the axle nuts, remove the split washers, hit axle with BFH hard, use sealant and reinstall.

If you don't have sealant use string wrapped around the axle studs. Several wraps should do it until you get to a shop.
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