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Old 12-06-2013, 07:00 AM
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I have a leak and how do I tell if there is fluid in it?

Ok, so I do not know much about this thing but I started to hear weird sounds and not sure where its coming from... its a sound that comes and goes..

I have taken some photos of what I think could be the sounds but I'm not sure, could someone help me?

my van is a 1999 E450 moving van, its 16 feet long box truck 7.3L

its winter and cold out side and really just want to get through the winter, if it needs fluid I can add some and see how fast it leaks but I have never done this and not sure how its done?

if the sound is coming and going and its from the rear end where that leak is dose that mean I'm screwed or did I save it on time? It just started making the sound and it has only been a week of city driving and not much driving..
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front seal on the axel where the shaft goes through, had to do mine. depending on how long you plan to keep it I'd just keep it full...

and to check how full look at the back of the axle there should be a filler hole (usualy a 3/8 extision/ratched square) just put some pent oil on it and take it off, fill with gear oil (usually 75W90) untill it flows out the hole then put the plug back in.

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Old 12-06-2013, 08:29 AM
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thanks for your help, I got the bolt out and put my finger in and down and my finger came out dripping with a thick type of oil, its winter so it looks ok,

so I jacked up the back of the van and put the truck in neutral and had someone turn the wheels and I was under the van listening for sounds ...

the hanger bearing ( as seen in the photo ) didn't sound smooth and when I started to lift the drive axle there was a lot of play side to side and up and down on the hanger bearing, I'm guessing that's not how it should be? and I'm also guessing that's what the problem is... hmm. would that carrier bearing make noticeable sounds when driving and putting on the brakes ?
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