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Old 12-14-2009, 01:20 PM
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Jeff, the last thing to worry about is your inner axle seal.. all of that will get mixed together to at least some level eventually, futile to worry. It's a full time axle, so it's always spinning, always warm, as long as it's wet & slippery I personally don't think it matters much if it's gear oil, wheel bearing grease, moly fortified, whatever... sure put the right stuff in the right place to begin with, but don't lose sleep over what gets mixed together afterwords.

You've already got birfield grease sneaking past the brass bushing in the spindle, mixing with the wheel bearing grease behind the drive flange. Your hot gear oil is literally laying on top of that inner axle seal on every corner and every side hill.. there is some amount of osmosis going on there, I promise you, even with Marlin seals. Like Red Chilli I too change gear oil way more frequent than what is recommended, as do you. The fact that there is lubrication, and that it's relatively new, far exceeds its specific weight and viscosity, IMO. I hope you don't find much when you drop that oil again next spring.. and you can worry about it or not worry about it, and the same amount of metal is going to drain out either way.
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Old 12-14-2009, 02:22 PM
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You can always use the upper fill plug as a swap to save the gear lube while you are looking at the magnet. No real need to drain the whole thing if you just want to look for metal. Just be sure you have enough lube around, if you can not get the swap complete and you drain more than you want.
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Old 12-14-2009, 02:48 PM
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Thanks guys...Marlin's inner axle seals and they are mucho better than the stock ones from what little I know...At least much easier for a dweeb like me to install because they have the flange to you smack 'em in till they stop...No need to wonder if they should or should not go just a little further in

Nakman, you as always make a lot of sense - I'll probably drain and fill next spring just because I am OCD and the $30 or so it will cost will ease my noggin ...Maybe I'll drive through some deep water first just to make me feel like it should be changed anyway
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Old 12-14-2009, 03:08 PM
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Maybe I'll drive through some deep water first just to make me feel like it should be changed anyway
Now you're talking... want to go to Moab in March? I know just where this is... even "on trail" too you can see the carsonite!
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you should probably dump that rig before it starts costing too much $

sorry I can't offer any help
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Now you're talking... want to go to Moab in March? I know just where this is... even "on trail" too you can see the carsonite!


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you should probably dump that rig before it starts costing too much $
Too late
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Cane creek?
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Kane creek, yes.
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Just a quick follow up....Replaced the front gear oil (and center diff gear oil) just before CM10

Metal shavings are MUCH less...no big flakes etc. this go around and more in line with what I would expect. The front gear oil was still more "green" than I was hoping it would be which leads me to believe I'm still getting some mixing of moly grease into the axle - I read a couple posts on MUD where others have experienced this until they extended their axle breather tubes. I haven't done that yet but their theory was that the old tubes/vents were partially blocked off and creating a vacuum effect sucking moly into the axle. After they extended their breather no more mixing...Since I need to extend my breathers just because that will be my next step but until then, stuff can go ahead and mix

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Jeff, how about any gear noise left?
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