Re: Atlas Transfer Case Losing Oil
Since my latest post, I have put about 500 miles on the SMB, and the oil level on the sight-tube has dropped about another 1/8" at most. Before I left on the latest trip, I cleaned/de-greased everything in the area thoroughly, so that I could gauge any evidence of loss. The only area where any oil-loss is visible is still the big drop of oil at the bottom corner of the pan, and some visible spray around the rear-wheel U-Joint. You can also see where the spray hit the catalytic-converter and has been mostly burnt-off. I suppose that with enough miles, you could steadily lose enough oil to be noticeable from this U-joint spray, but I just can't believe it happened over only 500 miles; perhaps it is a combination of the two issues? The gasket from Atlas arrived by Priority Mail promptly at least, and free-of-charge, which was welcome. So, I'm not really in the mood to remove that pan again just yet, so I will keep track of the level and when/if the level drops enough to get me worried, I will replace the gasket, change the oil and properly RTV the through-hole bolts. If it remains an issue after that....what next, the U-Joint? Perhaps I'll try Jage's paper-towel suggestion to gauge just how much I'm losing from that corner.