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Old 10-15-03, 02:13 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Differential leak

I think my differential has a slow leak. It doesn't seem to be leaking from either axle shaft seal so I'm assuming that the leak is coming from the shaft seal where it connects to the transmission. Is this a common problem? Is it difficult (or expensive) to fix?
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Leaking differential seal is a very common problem. Price through Acura is $550. Need to remove the unit in order to replace seal.
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I don't know how bad it is, may be u should try to refill the differential fluid first to see that will solve your problem, b4 u spend $500.

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putting more fluid in, is not going to solve a leaking differential seal problem.
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There's three or four other people here on another thread that changed the fluid and the leak stopped. Mine slowed considerably but didn't stop. The differential isn't an area most people think to maintain. On many cars the differential fluid is the same fluid circulating through the trannie, but it is a separate resevoir on the Acura. Once the fluid gets old it starts to break down and the seals start to shrink slightly with age as well. Sometimes just putting new fluid can slightly recondition the seals for a while. Just as adding a transmission fluid with seal conditioner can stop many fluid leaks there too. It is the first thing to try before busting loose for a 600.00 repair
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just like they sell stop smoke at autoparts stores that suppose to stop your engine from smokeing and to soften up your valve seals
well i can't really say nothing about the 3 or 4 people that it worked for, but if we was to do a poll i would bet that
1 out of every 10 people will say that method actually works
go ahead and try, you might be that lucky 1
you did make a good point though
$20 worth of gear oil and a pump to put the oil in, is way better than coughing up $500 or so. Thats if you are one of them lucky people.
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I don't know about stop smoke, but I've used power steering fluid with stop leak, that reconditioned the seals and never had another problem again. I've used transmission stop leak that stopped a fairly regular leak on a van I had, and I never had another problem for five years and still going, etc. So it is always worth it to try a seal conditioner first. The one thing that I've never had any luck with is the radiator stop leak. Usually there is a problem brewing that is worse than what that can stop.
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well i cant talk about my luck because i've never tried those things but i have had some success with the radiator stop leak in my 87 legend coupe back in the days. The only problem is that it clogged up the radiator and my fans would come on to often which led to me eventually buying a new radiator and a set of fans
so to sum it up/a $100 radiator whined up costing me roughly $350
new rad,new thermostat,new fans(got burnt out due to continuasly running non-stop),radiator flush(flush all the stop leak stuff out the engine block) and my play time.
but what the hell
if it's been working for you for all these years then why stop.
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91 Sedan with 122k miles, no leak yet. I change the oil every 30k per manual recommendations.
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