We all know metal on metal is a bad idea for your brakes. It's equally as bad for your differential. A quality differential gasket protects the rear-end and front-end axles from the elements while also sealing the differential housing. You'll want to replace the gasket on the same day you replace the differential oil to avoid drying out the seals in the internal housing. Off-road vehicles often take a beating on the trail. To avoid downtime from your next adventure, be sure not to neglect the differential. Not being able to take a sharp turn will dampen the excitement of the rough terrain.
When To Replace a Gasket
Although fun to do, spending tons of time in the mud, driving over rocks or splashing through low water crossings all cause wear and tear on the vehicle and the gaskets sealing the differential. In rare cases, pressure inside the housing on the rear end causes the rear differential gasket to push out and leak. Even a slow leak causes damage over the long term as it drains the oil in the differential. Lack of oil leads to increased heat in the differential housing and causes damage to the pinion gears and ring or eventually the axles themselves.
How To Install a New Gasket
Once the differential drain plug and housing are carefully removed, drain all of the oil into a wide collection pan. Remove the old worn out gasket with a flathead screwdriver and replace with a new one. A high-quality Lube Locker gasket, available at 4WheelParts.com, is a perfect replacement. Lube Locker gaskets come in a variety of styles to fit your vehicle's needs. With great prices 4 Wheel Parts delivers your front differential gasket and rear differential gasket fast. Qualify for free shipping by purchasing all the tools needed to replace the differential oil and gasket in one stop shop.Helpful Drivetrain & Differential Articles
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