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Old 11-17-2021, 09:14 PM   #1
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Default Was told I have cracks in my Front Differential ? Should I be worried? 04 v6 3.5l AWD

Anyone elses vue have a similar issue. I was told by a welder fixing my engine cradle mounts that my front differential has cracks. Here is the picture of the area he is talking about

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Default Re: Was told I have cracks in my Front Differential ? Should I be worried? 04 v6 3.5l

Not an expert on determining if cracks are genuine or false but there may be some ways in determining whether or not a crack in xmission cases are real or just casting marks appearing as cracks.

If a xmission case (cast aluminum) cracked, xmission oil should seep out and leave tell tale signs as oil leaks would attract dirt to mark the area of damage. Casting marks may masquerade as cracks from unfinished exterior surfaces collecting dirt, oil and debris. To separate a genuine crack from casting marks, clean the suspected area as cleanly as possible then check each day for oil leaking/seeping out and marking the cracked area. Casting marks will remain clean and free of dirt, oil and debris. In one or two days, either xmission oil seeps thru a crack or its just casting marks without a hint of damage.
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Default Re: Was told I have cracks in my Front Differential ? Should I be worried? 04 v6 3.5l

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Anyone elses vue have a similar issue.
If you're talking about those fine hairline grooves all over, most every aluminum casting I've seen has them. They form on the surface as molten aluminum cools in the mold.
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Oil at the bottom of the transmission is usually migrated there from the axle seals.
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