Front axle breather location

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Front axle breather location

Post by Low_Sky » Sat Apr 07, 2018 8:53 pm

I just changed axle and T-case fluid on the truck. 50k miles on these fluids. The rear axle and T-case fluids looked almost new. Very little metal accumulated on the rear locker sensor magnet or fill plug magnet. I was surprised by how good it looked in there.
The front was a different story. Broke loose the last bolt on the bottom of the cover and water started dribbling out. The oil was dark and just to be sure the water wasn’t trapped on the outside of the gasket I cooked some of the oil. Sure enough, water in the front axle. Not having leaks anywhere on the front axle, the only place it could have gone in is the breather tube. The connection at the axle was tight, so I followed it up (I’d never put any thought into where it goes since I don’t take the wagon swimming on purpose). Wouldn’t you know Ram put the end of the breather in about the dumbest place they could put it aside from on the axle itself. Go through a deep hole and cool the axle off, breather sucks in some air and gets water from the freaking wheel well. Brilliant.

Has anybody relocated their front axle breather, have any good suggestions for where to put it?
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Re: Front axle breather location

Post by olyelr » Sat Apr 07, 2018 10:20 pm

Just extensing it further up under the hood would have to do the trick.

Did you happen follow the rear axle breather tube and see where it terminates? It isnt any higher.
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Post by BoldAdventure » Sat Apr 07, 2018 10:35 pm

I relocated both of mine to higher positions using new tubing.
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Re: Front axle breather location

Post by DamageWagon » Sun Apr 08, 2018 12:45 am

Anyone know where the breather for the trans is? The older dodges it was inside the bellhousing and you’d have to pull the trans to add a vent hose, is the vent in the same spot on the new trucks?

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Re: Front axle breather location

Post by Colibri » Sun Apr 08, 2018 2:01 am

On the 3rd gens at least, it’s on top of the trans where the bellhousing meets the case.
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Re: Front axle breather location

Post by NickTF » Sun Apr 08, 2018 10:22 am

Breather for the trans on my 15 is on top with a hose. I looked to make sure my vent wasn’t clogged causing my trans dipstick to continually push up and out of tube which it still does today.

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Post by RustyPW » Sun Apr 08, 2018 7:40 pm

When you extent the vent line. Put a loop in it at the end if you can. This will act like a loop seal. It will let it vent but keeps crap out.
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Re: Front axle breather location

Post by BoldAdventure » Sun Apr 08, 2018 8:22 pm

RustyPW wrote:
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When you extent the vent line. Put a loop in it at the end if you can. This will act like a loop seal. It will let it vent but keeps crap out.
I just put some little breathers on mine.
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Re: Front axle breather location

Post by olyelr » Sun Apr 08, 2018 9:33 pm

MikeKey wrote:
Sun Apr 08, 2018 8:22 pm

I just put some little breathers on mine.

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Hey that looks about like the air filter I put on my Honda Z50R LOL.

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Re: Front axle breather location

Post by Colibri » Sun Apr 08, 2018 10:47 pm

Do breathers and a loop if at all possible. I’ve had axles and drivetrain parts push fluid up non looped breather hoses and cause spills. Potential fire hazard that’s easily avoided
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Re: Front axle breather location

Post by Low_Sky » Mon Apr 09, 2018 6:13 pm

Retired BLM Rig wrote:
Sat Apr 07, 2018 11:58 pm
Try this: Vent Hose Relocation Thread. For all gear boxes and fuel tank.
Thanks for the link BLM Rig. I have some hoses and barb fittings on the way. Going to do the axles, T-case, trans and evap vent. I will not buy a snorkel, I will not buy a snorkel, I will not buy a snorkel. . . .
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Re: Front axle breather location

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Low_Sky wrote:
Mon Apr 09, 2018 6:13 pm
Retired BLM Rig wrote:
Sat Apr 07, 2018 11:58 pm
Try this: [/b]viewtopic.php?f=2&t=4725&p=82848]Vent Hose Relocation Thread. For all gear boxes and fuel tank.
Thanks for the link BLM Rig. I have some hoses and barb fittings on the way. Going to do the axles, T-case, trans and evap vent. I will buy a snorkel, I will buy a snorkel, I will buy a snorkel. . . .
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Post by BoldAdventure » Wed Apr 11, 2018 12:08 pm

Evap, oh man, I forgot all about that one!
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Post by DamageWagon » Wed Apr 11, 2018 12:18 pm

Evaluate vent is an interesting one, forgot about that entirely. Interesting because the fuel tank gets warm form running with the bypass fuel running a circuit through the engine, you could definitely suck water in due to the fuel cooling and contracting.

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Re: Front axle breather location

Post by Low_Sky » Wed Apr 11, 2018 12:39 pm

Wilsonsinak wrote:
Wed Apr 11, 2018 2:21 am
Low_Sky wrote:
Mon Apr 09, 2018 6:13 pm
Retired BLM Rig wrote:
Sat Apr 07, 2018 11:58 pm
Try this: [/b]viewtopic.php?f=2&t=4725&p=82848]Vent Hose Relocation Thread. For all gear boxes and fuel tank.
Thanks for the link BLM Rig. I have some hoses and barb fittings on the way. Going to do the axles, T-case, trans and evap vent. I will buy a snorkel, I will buy a snorkel, I will buy a snorkel. . . .
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