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Hi all. I got an oil leak at the rear right wheel of my ute and I think it might be coming from the bearing (makes a little noise too)...
Recently got a second hand diff put in cause mine was quite worn, plus axle straightened etc... Thought they had fixed the bearing and seal as well, as said on the reciept, and spent some cash on that. No very happy with that problem and dont want to spend too much more.
Has anyone fixed that kind of thing themselves, or can a wrecker do it for not too much? I first took it to Transmission and Differencial specialist.
Also, I'm a final year student at uni and got the ute as my future project. Was hoping not to spend much on it this year, got it for $2k. I had to change the radiator, water pump, now a diff and bearing. What would be on average that could fail? Should I expect more costly things to fix?
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Of course with an old car alot more could go wrong, what you have mentioned are all general wear and tear things. keep an eye on you guages and you can avoid lots of problems.
the only way to be 100% sure with anything old is to do a stripdown and rebuild but that is expensive. I was given a rodeo from my dad and also started to have problems when i got it, after 3 days the head gasket went ($1300). after 6 months the uni joints needed replacing (500 bucks) than after a year another head gasket went so i put a new motor in her ($1650) and by the time i finished with small stuff too (clutch, senders, etc,oil, heater hoses,extractors, exhaust etc)the engine was about 3 grand all up which makes me sad now because all i have to show for it is a [Naughty Pottyword]ty rodeo, not to mention with leaky valve stem seals (how does that happen to a motor with only about 5000ks on it anyway?) had i had a hz ute i wouldn't mind spending that much.
be careful with you seal leaking it might put your brake out of action
this happened with my ute too,where it pulls to one side because one brake is stuffed by diff fluid.

If what you are saying is correct than you have proof of purchase, and it should have a warranty and so i would go straight back to the idiot who did the diff and tell them to fix it otherwise you will be going to consumer affairs- that is providing that you have a warranty and it isnt expired.
Sorry about the massive reply but couldnt help myself.
Don't let bastards get away with things like that otherwise your ute will be alot more expensive.
have a good one

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My HG was my daily driver for about 7 years. I'm not even about to tell you what I've replaced on it as I think I'd run out of room. Just about every mechanical component has either been replaced or renewed as I used to do a fair few km's in him.
Personally I used (and still do) enjoy working on him as they are a pretty simple to repair and parts are still reasonable, if not a bit hard to find these days.
If you are getting a mechanic to do your work it will really cost you. Try doing some of the simpler stuff yourself and you'll save heaps and have the satisfaction of doing it yourself. Start by getting a shop Manual for your HZ (Gregories is pretty good) and don't be afraid to give the little things a go.
Try and find a mechanic that understands old cars (for the bigger stuff). I've built up a relationship with an excellent mechanic (Paul Geary Automotive if you are in the South East of Qld) and would do as much as I could myself and give the stuff I couldn't do to Paul.
Basically what you are experiencing is old car ownership, doesn't really matter what make it is stuff will still go wrong.
But at the end of the day if you do the sums you are actually better off than buying a late model car and copping the depreciation each year.

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i think your mechanic did a bit of sort cut when he replace the diff and bearings.he must've not change the inner bearing part couse most of the time they can only be done by press.as for the oil leak it might likely to be axle seal and oil is traveling from the diff and find its way out from a loose,worn,uneven surface where seal seats,and my best quess is gasket that goes between axle and axle housing(axle is attach to housing with 3 or 4 bolts).maybe he forget to put that in.it happen to me before,replaced the gasket and prob.was gone.but thats my quess based on info you give us.because bearings doest leak or drip oil constantly as far as i now.some1 correct me if i am wrong.good luck

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You can have someone press a new bearing and seal onto an axle
quite quickly and cheaply.

Make sure that the brake slave cylinder isn't th cause first though.

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