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#6: 12-07-2008, 12:20 PM
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OK, finally got around to getting some pics...

This just baffles me, as there is no place for the oil to come from.

In the first pic, you can see the mounting x-member for the diff on the passenger side. The clean area is where the oil gathers.

Here's a shot from below:

As you can see, the front seal, rear cover, and both CV joints are dry (except for some spatter from the x-member on the passenger side):

Does anyone know if the bushings in the x-member mount have some kind of damping oil in them??

This is where it appears the fluid is coming from, but it just doesn't make any sense! EVERYTHING except for this bushing and the x-member is dry... there are no lines running above this and the x-member is dry on top, as is the entire diff housing.

I'm going to have it in to the dealer for an oil change on Tuesday, and I'll show them what's going on and see if they have any ideas... has anyone experienced this problem?

This is driving me a little nuts!