I have a slow leak in my 14 T's rear end. I have checked the bolts on the housing and they are tight. It Only drips 2 or 3 times a day, but I don't want to make it worse by running the car. Is there a sealant that can be applied without having to take the whole rear axle off the car? Thanks for your help. mark
I just saw the title on my post.... I'm not leaking, at least yet. Mark
Mark, refer to the posting on 21 Oct on 1914 axle housing repair.
Yours is typical. Oil is cheap. Just run with it until something else means you have to pull it down and fix it then.
Allan from down under.
Run it as-is like Allan says.
Thanks ,no worries then. Mark
Get a bigger piece of cardboard.
Get a plastic tray and some kitty litter or oil-dri. Not as messy as cardboard.
Forget the cardboard, trays etc. Just park it on your neighbor's lawn. They will never notice a few drops.
How and or what are the thrust washers?
If or when you fix one, take care of the other. If you know the thrust washers are bronze? Your '14 is just marking its territory. Model Ts tend to do that. Do check the gear-oil level occasionally.
Drive carefully, and enjoy, W2
I have had some luck with degreasing the lower part of the seam and spreading some black RTV sealant on it. It's cheap and easy to do and the black hides well. It might stop the leak or at least slow it down.
I did something similar as Dave did on my crankcase to stop a slow leak.
No reason not to do the same on a slow leak on a differential case.
Clean the outside housing thouroughly.
Then seal the seam with black RTV.
It will last longer than you think.
Or, you could have some fun with it. Get some Depends, and.......
Looks like the rivets are leaking too? May be working loose? Frankly, I'd take it apart and inspect, inspect, inspect. I did that on my '12 because it was leaving a few drops right under it, so took it apart, cleaned it up, changed the gaskets, discovered one of the bearing sleeves had a nice oblong crack around it,one of the neoprene inner oil seals had failed, bronze thrust washers were like new, put it all together with nice new oil of course, now no leaks! My point is, it's worth the effort to tear into it, doesn't take that long, and is actually fun. Got the housing all cleaned up, spray painted, looks better than new.