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Old July 14th, 2004, 20:24
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water instead of oil...

Checking out the new 89xj and I opened the front diff plug and thin milky oil poured out. I suctioned it dry and it had a good bit of pure water in the bottom. Now I know this isn't good, and I haven't run in any water, so it is probably there from the previous owner.

Question: can these front axles take having water and not be totally destroyed? I've got no bearing noise and the 4wd works fine. Did with the water in it too... After drying it, I put in Castrol 85w140 so it would coat everything well.

Another Question: does the front axle (89 Cherokee Laredo) turn while in 2wd? I can't figure out how that little vacuum control can disengage both sides.

Next I opened up the TC and out came one drop of fluid. Nice bright red, but just a drop. I've had it a few months, and put on maybe 6k miles. Not sure when it went dry, but no leaks while I've had it. Poured a little trans-x through it and no shavings or foul things came out. Filled it up with dexronIII/Mercon. It seems to work fine - no strange noises from anywhere.

Question: Is the rear output directly linked to the transmission, or is it a chain? Any guesses on damage?

The plugs also had what looked like blue threadlock on them - factory style. That might mean 215,000 miles on one oil fill....

Are these made tough enough for this abuse?? :-(
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