After taking my comanche wheeling in Pismo Beach I noticed a small puddle gathering around the base of both my front tires. Some checking of the brakes and brake lines revealed that the actual culprit was diff fluid leaking from the ends of the axle tubes. My inner axle seals were shot.
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Step 1: Remove The Wheels, Calipers and Wheel Spacers
After jacking up the front end, the first step in the process was to remove the wheels and the front break calipers. Be careful, when removing the calipers, to not let them drop as they could pull loose the break lines. After removing them from the rotos, we placed them on top of the control arms. We also removed my wheel spacers which were holding on the rotors.
Step 2: Remove The Rotors
After removing the calipers and the spacers, the rotors slide right off.
Step 3: Remove The Hubs
The next step is to remove the three bolts holding on the hub. They are in a triangular pattern. Quick side-note - they should be torqued to 75 ft/lbs when re-attaching.
Step 4: Remove The Axle Shafts
After removing the 6 hub bolts from the axle shafts, they should both slide right out. So far, so good. And easy.
Step 5: Remove the Diff Cover
Now that the axles are out it's time to take apart the diff. We removed all of the bolts holding the diff cover on. Straightforward.
Step 6: Draining the Diff
After all the bolts are removed the diff cover must be pried away from the housing. If it was installed properly prior, it should still be held on by the gasket. To do this, we used a flat-head screwdriver and a mallet to open a crack in the gasket and then pry from there. Make sure to have the oil pan ready and don't pry too hard at first to prevent the oil from splashing. After opening the initial crack, we let it drain before prying it away completely.