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Old 07-13-2010, 01:24 AM   #21 (permalink)
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It's such a common leak we just repalce the seal and claim it normally. We stock 10 of those seals.

It only pays 2.1hours or something to replace as well. I can do them in half that.
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It only pays 2.1hours or something to replace as well. I can do them in half that.
You shouldn't do that Jeff! Coz you need to charge Suzuki for 3 hrs at least!
Btw, is the transfer box made by Suzuki or some third-party supplier?
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Old 07-13-2010, 11:58 AM   #23 (permalink)
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Yes, mine started to leak at 40,000 km, it has been replaced. Now I'm at 57,000km and it looks like it started to leak again.
Went to the dealer yesterday for its 60k km inspection/oil change. They looked at it and said that it wasn't a leak but that I had a lot of anti-rust stuff under the body, they may be right, anyway they wrote it on my bill and replaced for free my rear wiper that was starting to split (they don't mess with the rubber blade, they changed the arm)
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You shouldn't do that Jeff! Coz you need to charge Suzuki for 3 hrs at least!
Btw, is the transfer box made by Suzuki or some third-party supplier?
Don't worry about that. Suzuki makes the transfer case as far as I know.
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Went to the dealer yesterday for its 60k km inspection/oil change. They looked at it and said that it wasn't a leak but that I had a lot of anti-rust stuff under the body, they may be right, anyway they wrote it on my bill and replaced for free my rear wiper that was starting to split (they don't mess with the rubber blade, they changed the arm)
The 2006 GVs have a TON of shipping wax underneath them and all over the transmission and transfer case. Only 2006s have it on everywheere like that. And yes, definatly can be mistaken for a leak.
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I was surprised again when mechanic told me he doesn't need to drain and consequently replace transfer oil during this operation!
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The 2006 GVs have a TON of shipping wax underneath them and all over the transmission and transfer case. Only 2006s have it on everywheere like that. And yes, definatly can be mistaken for a leak.
Since I have it I get it shooted for anti-rust oil based treatment (not mineral, it is vegetal based) annualy every Octobers, but usually it gets almost washed after the winter, so I'm a bit surprised by the amount left only in that area only, everywhere else it has been almost washed as usual.

Anyway they wrote it on my bill. But I'm going in 2 weeks for a 2000k trip that will be hard on the drive train (pulling a small RV through steep mountains), just hope I won't have any problem. I'm getting an auxilliary transmission oil cooler on Monday for this.
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I was surprised again when mechanic told me he doesn't need to drain and consequently replace transfer oil during this operation!
Either we are talking about a differeent seal or they aren't replacing the seal properly (or at all). The input shaft seal requires the transfer case be split is half because the seal comes out from the inside.

If we are talking about the rear drive shaft output seal, then yes you can do that without draining. The front drivehaft output seal HAS to be drainined though - pretty much the whole transfer case oil leaks out when you take the shaft off.
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Well it’s been a month since I posted this thread and I finally got around to taking it to the dealer. I dropped it off Monday morning gave the service tech the speech and left for work. I told them to take as much time as they wanted as I wasn’t in a hurry.

I finally got a call Thursday… this is where things got ugly… I was told that the technician felt that the residual oil was from the first leak as they couldn’t find a leak. As for background I steamed cleaned the undercarriage soon after the first repair during an oil change. 13k miles have elapsed since. There was no leak after 4k miles and noticed the saturation after 8k miles. Thus my post here...

I explained all this and then I was asked for permission for them to drive it a few hundred miles to see if it leaked. Since they steamed cleaned it I’ll drive it!!!

A certified letter was sent to the dealer expressing my concern and my disagreement with their assessment. Furthermore, I will hold them responsible should there me any “run low” damage to the transfer case as a result of their misdiagnosis and refusal to repair.

It’s due for an oil change soon. At which point I’ll check to see if it’s been cleaned. If not I’ll clean the residual and monitor it on a weekly basis via time stamped photographs.

I was hoping the dealer’s response would be positive however I was wrong! I have no tolerance for Neolithic incompetence. I like this truck and will keep it. If I don’t have positive results when I return, I’ll seek assistance from another dealer.

Cheers and happy motoring!
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I have a leak too, I recently discovered it.

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