Any experts on a short Dana 44 axle?
Vehicle is a 1997 Jeep Wrangler with a Dana 44 conversion.
My stepfather put this axle on when he added an ARB rear locker.
He bought the entire axle with HD shafts assembled and ready to bolt on as an upgrade from the stock axle. It arrived on a palete and he had a local mechanic install it along with new gears.
So this was done one year and 685 miles ago. He had big plans for the Jeep, hence the upgrades, but health issues prevented him from using it much, hence the 685 miles in one year.
Below are pictures of the diff for identification and pictures of both wheels from the inside. Notice the leaking gear oil on the back of both brake drum units.
I had it parked in a parking spot today with a slight angle to the passenger side. When approaching the vehicle I noticed fluid that had dripped from the hub down the back of the brake drum and down the tire.
I checked the brake flid level and its fine, that was my first thought. Then upon further inspection, feeling and touching I determined it to be gear oil.
I have not checked the fluid level in the diff yet but I have now noticed that there are signs of gear oil leaking on the back of both driver and passenger side rear wheels.
Do these normally laek a bit or is it possible that both rear wheel seals are leaking and or blown?
If the seals are bad, what is the easiest and fastest way to change them?