Leaking hub - what's the worst case scenario?

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000dylan000
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Leaking hub - what's the worst case scenario?

Unread post by 000dylan000 » January 2nd, 2016, 6:43 pm

Hey all,
Going on a small trip tomorrow. Doing a check over the truck (2003 hilux sr5 v6) and noticed that there is grease/oil leaking out of the hub between the outer cover and the hub body (see photo) My mechanical knowledge is reasonably basic and obviously this is not ideal but just wanting to know what the worst case scenario would be if i were to go on the trip tomorrow ( about an hour and 20 each way, bitumen all the way, towing camper).
Dont really want to cancel but dont have the skills/parts to fix it tonight. Any help or advice would be greatly appreciated.
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Re: Advice on leaking hub required asap

Unread post by Corindi » January 2nd, 2016, 8:09 pm

My hilux leaked the same for about a year till I replaced the inner seal on the axle. It's diff oil mixing with grease coming out. Pretty common hilux problem I think.
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Re: Advice on leaking hub required asap

Unread post by 000dylan000 » January 2nd, 2016, 8:42 pm

Cheers Corindi
Was yours a solid axle, ifs with manual hubs or ifs with auto hubs? And would any of that make a difference or are they all the same /similar at the hubs?

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Re: Advice on leaking hub required asap

Unread post by Muckinhell » January 2nd, 2016, 8:59 pm

give the bolts a nip up but nothing to much, otherwise shouldnt be an issue if you only just noticed, and can drive 2wd on the fast stuff.

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Re: Advice on leaking hub required asap

Unread post by Corindi » January 2nd, 2016, 9:18 pm

Mine was an LN0106 solid axle manual hub. Solid axle will allow the diff oil to go all the way to the hub. in IFS the axles are exposed, so no oil can get out of the diff centre as far as I can tell. Yours could be a bearing on the way out causing it to heat up and melt the grease or even a seized brake piston causing it to heat up.. Long story short..Does it get hot? If not, I'd drive it.
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Re: Leaking hub - what's the worst case scenario?

Unread post by 000dylan000 » January 2nd, 2016, 10:01 pm

Thanks gents!! Stress levels have now dropped a bit!

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