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Dark Brown Oil Stain From Front Wheel

Discussion in 'Early CJ5 and CJ6 Tech' started by Sundance1, May 25, 2024.

  1. May 25, 2024
    Sundance1

    Sundance1 New Member

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    I store the jeep inside in a heated garage over the winter. I noticed an oil leak from the inner front right wheel. Other than brake fluid which is clear what other oil source could this be?
     

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  2. May 25, 2024
    wheelie

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    Could be the inner wheel hub seal. That fluid (gear oil) should be much thicker in consistency than brake fluid. Brake can get brown and dirty over time. My money is on a wheel cylinder. Pull the wheel and brake drum.
     
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  3. May 25, 2024
    Jw60

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    Yep wheel cylinder. Or knuckles, or wheel bearing grease. 80-90 in the knuckles will look like that but that all is not inside the wheel so far.

    Gotta take the drum off and see, i'ld look closely at the hub seal because if the knuckle is filled with oil it will flow into the hubs and leak everywhere.
     
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  4. May 25, 2024
    PeteL

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    If you think it may be brake fluid, just check the level in your master cylinder to confirm.

    From the pattern on the wheel and tire, this didn't happen just in storage, but also while moving.
     
  5. May 26, 2024
    Keys5a

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    Wipe some of that leaking fluid on a white paper towel. Check the color, and more-so, the smell. Gear oil has a pungent smell.
    -Donny
     
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  6. May 27, 2024
    Glenn

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    If that was brake fluid I'm pretty sure the paint on the wheel would be messed up by now.
     
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  7. May 27, 2024
    Sundance1

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    Thanks everybody...I will pull the brake drum and investigate further. Does changing a hub seal take any special tools? Is it a big job? I am not mechanic but am quite able with brakes and maintenance stuff.
     
  8. May 27, 2024
    PeteL

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    A big socket for the spindle nuts, although a chisel has often been used.

    Be sure you understand what kind of nuts and locking washers you have - some have almost invisible locking set screws, others have bendable tabs with a limited number of life cycles. If you have locking hubs, their bolts also may need new locking tab-washers, and the bolts/studs are known as being liable to loosening, wallowing, or stripping.
     
    Last edited: May 27, 2024
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