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Old 01-26-2018, 08:03 PM
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Hello,

Before I tear this down, I'm hoping to make it through the winter. Please look at pics and advise as this is all new to me. I can only assume there is a bearing/seal loose/busted/missing/broken on the shaft for this oblonging to occur. Also noticed the leak below the drive wheel and when I checked the dipstick the oil was slushy....needless to say I have water in my diff. I have a water removal filter to install on my oil cooling system but Im sure it will not last long as water will continue to enter somewhere.
Any advice on what might be the cause or how much damage I will do if I continue to use the machine would be greatly appreciated.

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Old 01-26-2018, 10:44 PM
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Default Re: SW48 Drive wheel issue

The drive sprocket itself maybe failing or the bolts holding it on are loose. The oil leak could be a separate bad seal issue. Are you driving through allot of over the fenders deep water? The only easy way water can get into the differental iis in the cab through steering links or dip stick penetrations. I wouldn't drive it until you fix it. You can cause more damage or become disabled off road and the problems get multiplied
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Gonna be tearing it down soon...any contacts for parts in Canada?
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Default Re: SW48 Drive wheel issue

It is possible that the bolts are just loose, but if not,then I would guess the back hub plate has a broken weld
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Old 09-07-2018, 03:52 AM
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That same thing happened to me on my J5 and it turned out to be the back plate broke off the axle and the same thing happened to my buddies J5 when his drive sprocket got loose and spongy and need to be replaced. Mn Outdoors nailed it!
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