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Urgent: Axle Seal Leak

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As some of you know, I'm in the middle of doing a cross country trip with my wife. Long story short, I was doing a good once over and found my pass. side axle seal leaking pretty bad!

So, I'm at the grand canyon, and have no clue how long this has been going on. I know it was fine when I left about 7K miles ago and didn't notice any leaks until now.

All I have is an adjustable wrench, a weatherman, jack, and a turkey baster haha, which I found at the general store. I am going to drain the oil and refill through the shifter fork tube/vent. That's where the turkey baster comes in.

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How much oil would be a safe bet?

Anyone in the area (4-8hrs whatever) that can do a seal with me?

Has anyone run these dry and been still ok?

The only oil I have right now is Pennzoil 10W-30 full syn. and M1 EP 5W-30, which would you recommend?

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you went on a road trip across country without any tools???

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Umm yeah long story...

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Update: Tanner motors in Phoenix let me use their lift and tools to do the seal! Awesome owner and employes!!

Good news was the oil level was not low in te least bit so no tranny damage.

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Awesome. Glad you got that fixed.

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Update: Tanner motors in Phoenix let me use their lift and tools to do the seal! Awesome owner and employes!!

Good news was the oil level was not low in te least bit so no tranny damage.

That is good..I posted pics a year and half ago when a M56 runs dry (well, some water in it) not a good scene.

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Yeah I saw that topic!!

I just need to finish the trip, didn't care much about the tranny as I have an a couple M56Hs and an M66 FWD, so just an excuse to put the M66 in haha.

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