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So quick question. I smell gear oil or a metallic oil smell. I had all the fluids changed at the dealer before I left (both diffs, transfer case, tranny) and did go wheeling Labour Day weekend. I did notice a smell prior to wheeling, but thought it was just spillage on the skid plates or something (happened before). Anyway after a bunch of long drives when I pull off the hwy I smell it. There are no visible drips or spills. I also smell it when the truck is cold but can't pinpoint the exact spot, I just get a whiff of something. Any ideas? Cause for concern?
 

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So quick question. I smell gear oil or a metallic oil smell. I had all the fluids changed at the dealer before I left (both diffs, transfer case, tranny) and did go wheeling Labour Day weekend. I did notice a smell prior to wheeling, but thought it was just spillage on the skid plates or something (happened before). Anyway after a bunch of long drives when I pull off the hwy I smell it. There are no visible drips or spills. I also smell it when the truck is cold but can't pinpoint the exact spot, I just get a whiff of something. Any ideas? Cause for concern?
I have the same issue in my frontier. Get a heavy diff fluid smell inside the cabin on long drives. No leaks, recently changed. Following...
 

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So crawled underneath.

The smell is coming from the rear diff, looks like the RTV didn't seal perfectly. I also noticed a bit of sweat on the input shaft for the front diff and the output from the tranny (pictures below). No pics of the rear diff, I bailed because of the dark clouds lol. I wiped everything (with the intention of driving and checking again afterwards) but doesn't look that is practical given the forecast (severe thunderstorm warning).

Supposed to be going to Ouray tomorrow, not realy sure what to do right now....f-ing Nissan dealership, out of all the times you could have inconvenienced me it had to be 1800mi from home!

rear drive shaft:


Front Diff:
 

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Got the X back, on my way to Ouray tomorrow am. @VMBiohazard was just the rear diff. I'd climb under there and sniff yours to see if it is the front/rear. I noticed a lot of the smell has absorbed itself onto my gear in the back, so even though the leak is gone, the smell is still kind of there.

New plan for the 10th here, and the 11th here.
 

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Oil change is done, I start the 1790 mile drive home tomorrow morning, ugh the thought of it makes me sick lol! Still have tons of photos and vids to go through. I'll post some good ones on here when I get home. Definitely have some mods on the list for next year including:

Better rear shocks
Limit straps
Titan brake booster and slave
 

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I wonder if we could get our vehicles to run in lean burn mode via a tune like this guy is trying:

I had a c5 ZO6, and it had 410hp and 415tq (was slightly modded) and I was getting 29-30 mpg if I was gentle with the throttle. Getting 40mpg or close to it and still maintaining the power is quite the achievement!
 

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So not sure if anyone remembers or was aware, but last year around this time UPS lost my Rugged Rocks hat I ordered. After putting in a claim they closed it after their "investigation" without telling me or notifying myself or Steven. I paid more for the shipping and brokerage/customs charges than I did for the hat, UPS wouldn't even reimburse me for that. How can they just get away with crap like that? Steven told me it isn't the first time they've screwed him.

Anyway Steven being the gem of a human being that he is is sending me a new hat and a T-shirt, free of charge. It's bittersweet since there is closure somewhat with this fiasco but in the end it wasn't UPS that owned up so I would be lying if I said I was happy with the outcome.
 
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