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YJ - Gear oil leaking out of axle tube.
So while driving around in town today (2WD, Posi-Lok not engaged) I heard a pop while braking at a stoplight.
About 15 minutes and 4 miles later I get home and start to investigate the noise. I noticed that there was grease or something leaking from the axle tube on the front passenger side.
Anyway, I pulled the tire and was able to determine that it's not grease, but rather gear oil.
I jacked the front end up (the red and black thing in the pictures is the jack), locked the Posi-Lok and turned the wheels. Both wheels were turning, but the driveshaft was not. This is to be expected because the engine isn't spinning the t-case...
Anyway, I went out and went to my favorite close wheeling spot (living in the desert is great for this sort of thing) and everything appeared to be working. Even managed to get the front passenger wheel airborne so I could see if it would spin (one advantage to an open diff I guess).
So far, I have no loss of steering, braking, 4WD capability, or noticeable loss of gear oil.
I pulled the check/fill plug on the front diff. and it seeps out of the hole, indicating that the level is sufficient.
The oil that was leaking out of the tube appears to have been a momentary thing as I cleaned it up after examining the situation and no more oil has come out.....yet.
I have attached a picture that I hope will show a decent amount of detail so that hopefully someone will be able to tell me what happened (or how it happened) and how severe the problem is.