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Dana Rear End Question?

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  • Dana Rear End Question?

    I changed the entire rear end/axle on my '50 Starlight. I am wondering about the condition of the 80/90 lube that I filled it with. After a test drive (5 miles at 40 mph) I re-checked the rear end lube. It was full and showed no signs of leaks however the lube appears to now be a thin (viscosity) yellow fluid. After waiting a day to check it again it was back to a bit thicker fluid but still yellow (not golden as when first serviced). I really don't have much knowledge in this area and am wondering, is this normal? Does the spinning gearing whip the lube and cause this? Is this a concern? Thanks, in advance, for your help!

    Harv [8D]

    StudeBakerHarv
    StudeBakerHarv
    * 1950 Champion Starlight Coupe (Cathcart Stg 4 Engine)
    * 1971 Avanti II (RQB-1659).

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    Harv, You worry too much. Stick your finger in it and if it doesn't stink (like burned) don't worry about it.

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    • #3
      It may have changed color from mixing with a little of the old fluid that was still in the differential.

      GARY H 2DR.SEDAN 48 STUDEBAKER CHAMPION NORTHEAST MD.

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      • #4
        Doesn't sound like a point of worry to me, either.

        Miscreant adrift in
        the BerStuda Triangle!!

        1957 Transtar 1/2ton
        1960 Larkvertible V8
        1958 Provincial wagon
        1953 Commander coupe

        No deceptive flags to prove I'm patriotic - no biblical BS to impress - just ME and Studebakers - as it should be.

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        • #5
          Gents,

          Thanks for your replies. I will follow your suggestions and just make sure that it stays filled and that the fluid isn't changing due to overheating.

          Harv [8D]

          StudeBakerHarv
          StudeBakerHarv
          * 1950 Champion Starlight Coupe (Cathcart Stg 4 Engine)
          * 1971 Avanti II (RQB-1659).

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          • #6
            Harv, you are a lot like me. I over analyze things on my Lark so much it's a wonder I get anything done on it!
            Todd


            63 Lark 2dr Sedan
            64 Daytona 4dr Sedan

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            • #7
              Thanks Todd,

              That's probably because I live so close to Canada, eh!.... 35 miles from Windsor. It's a sickness that I work on all of the time. Sometimes I am down right happy with my being analytical. I have tightened up my '50 Starlight so much that when I park it in a shopping mall for our annual show I don't have a need for a drip cloth over the 3 day weekend in there. No fluid drops left on the mall floor after I take it out. Wish that I could say the same for my '64 GT R1 Super Hawk. But, I'm working on it !!!!

              Regards, Harve[8D]

              StudeBakerHarv
              StudeBakerHarv
              * 1950 Champion Starlight Coupe (Cathcart Stg 4 Engine)
              * 1971 Avanti II (RQB-1659).

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