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'04 Tahoe Shaft Seals

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Had the oil changed on my Tahoe last weekend and they told me the front differential shaft seals were leaking and that it's common in these type of vehicles. They gave me an estimate of $485 to replace with new (and improved) seals. Is this truly common with these trucks?

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Yes very comon! If they arent dripping, I wouldnt bother! Save your money and spend it on a fishing trip!

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so you're saying if there's not a noticeable amount on the garage floor, I should be in decent shape? I could always use an extra fishing trip!!!

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Just take a look underneath the truck, if there are drips hanging, then you should look into having it done, not a huge priority, if there is just wetness and no drips, enjoy the extra fishing trip wink

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And, just keep an eye on the diff fluid level smile

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They are very common! I also don't recommend them unless there is a lot of oil slung all over!

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My brother-in-law has the problem. I think he said his estimate was double yours. He's keeping an eye on his fluid level. His drip stain is pretty big.

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what's the best way to check the fluid level?

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Loosen the plug and stick in your finger.

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Loosen the plug and stick in your finger.

I use a pick, or small screw driver to stick in there. I dont like using my finger wink

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There's nothing like the smell of gear oil in the morning...

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There's nothing like the smell of gear oil in the morning...

Unless its gear lube with friction modifier!! grin

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Mmmmm! friction modifier sick There is nothing like being hung over and having to smell that right away in the morning, and the smell stays with you all day!

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My 94 was leaking for about 75,000 miles and I only had to add fluid once. About as long as it was leaking oil out the rear engine seal. Don't let them run dry and you'll be fine. If it really bothers you and you do want it fixed go to your local tech college, they're alot cheaper.

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