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Rear end puking gear oil

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by Jimmydriver, Mar 21, 2006.

  1. Jimmydriver

    Jimmydriver Registered Member

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    I noticed a spot of gear oil under the rear differential of my 1977 Jimmy. The number and size of spots grew over about 20 miles of stop and go driving to the point that gear oil had blown all over the exhaust system and bottom of the truck.

    The vent in the differential has a rubber hose attached to it that is about 18 inches long and looks to be torn on the other end although I have been unable to identify where it was once connected. It is from this vent hose that the oil is blowing out.

    The differential is a 12 bolt with the gov lock or after market posi (can't tell which) and 3.73:1 ratio gears.

    I pulled the access cover and there was oil about 3" deep left in the rear end. Nothing looks to be broken and the rear end doesn’t make noise. The gear oil did have a look like silver paint or fine aluminum powder had been added to it indicating something worn?

    I've never heard of this problem before and can't think of what would cause pressure inside the differential sufficient to cause the gear oil to be forced out.
     
  2. Chevy305

    Chevy305 6 Lug 14bsf Status Premium Member GMOTM Winner

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    Sounds to me that your pinion seal is gone. Mine leaks a little and if you spend too much time at high speed, like 70-75ish it will start spuing oil all over the bottom of the truck. The pinion spins extremely fast and slings oil everywhere. I would start by locating that the oil is comming from the pinion seal and be sure your vent hose isn't clogged.
     
  3. bigkennye

    bigkennye Registered Member

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    so thats what that hose is, lol, where is the thing supposed to go?
    is it supposed to just hang there?
     
  4. DEMON44

    DEMON44 Low-Tech Redneck

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    Thats your breather. It goes to where ever it went to, could have been just about anywhere. maybe inside the frame rail. But that aside, a plugged breather will pressure up the diff as it heats up. pressure will relieve and oil will come with it out the path of least resistance.
     

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