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Rich
Without sounding critical or anything.
But if your rear diff breather (ending in spare wheel cavity) is under water or is getting clogged up with mud, I think it is probably the least of your problems emoticon
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If I've looked at that bottom diagram correctly, it looks like the rear breather hose actually opens up into the cabin area?

Now I understand your last comment, Peter emoticon



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Rich, no diff breathers vent into the cabin area, as you would get a hot oil smell through the cabin when driving. The rear breather vents into the cross member at floor level ala most four wheel drives. As for the front one, if water is high enough to be sucked in through the breather then as petersxtrail said you've got bigger problems to worry about. If you're worried about the rear one it's extremely easy to extend it up into engine bay, all that is needed is some 6mm hose,cable ties & most people use an inline fuel filter on the end. You can also use a pneumatic exhaust filter which is generally what the kit supplied by "Piranha" use. The only time that you might have trouble sucking water into the rear is if you stop in water & allow the water time to rise up to the level of the cross member which is about top of the rim height, but by this time your rear diff would have already been quenched & hence wouldn't be sucking so it would only be gravity trying to allow the water in. Remember when driving through water you are creating a bow wave & the level of the water at the rear of the vehicle is a lot lower than the front due to this(unless you're driving backwards!).
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Has anyone looked at the exee's various breather points and moved them higher into the engine bay. I did a similar thing on my Pajero, and feel it is a cheap mod for added insurance. I do a lot of fishing down at the Snowies each trout season and thought I would give the exee a go this year.
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The diff breather hose is just clipped on near the diff using spring clips. Nothing special that end.

My suggestion would be to go to En-zed and ask them for some similar hosing, or better still some armoured hose, and a needle filter to go on the top end. Get enough to go higher up in the chassis and away you go!

One small tip, use proper hose retainers, not zip ties or anything that can crush the hose. I've seen people use zip ties and wondered why their diff blew up! (too much gas pressure)
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Hi Guys,

On the subject of diff breathers, has anyone had the diff oil level checked by the dealer during any of the services?

I have done services up to 50,000kms and none of the invoices reflect that the diff oil was checked at all.

How hard is it to check that myself and top-up if needed?

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Jalal,

 I haven't done the exee yet, but on other 4wd's it is relatively easy. I bought a diff oil pump from Supercheap to make it easier. It is very much similar to a bike pump. You just fill it up with the spec oil and the fill up the diff using the 'top mounted checking plug/screw' on each diff. I am going to have Nissan replace the diff fluid with better quality synthetic at the next service.

 There are two screws on each diff. The lower one, under the diff is the drain. The higher one is for checking and refilling. You generally fill the diff with oil until it is just trickling out of this hole.

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Cheers Brett, but how do I check the level of the oil in the diff, is there some sort of an indicator for that?

I want to check if the dif oil level is normal or low before I fill it up and if it is low, then there is a reason for that, which I'll be telling the dealer about.

If the diff oil is not supposed to be serviced/checked, then that's a different story.

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Date Registered: 02-2005
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JALA, GENERALLY YOU OPEN THE TOP FILLER PLUG(USUALLY 1/2 WAY UP DIFF HOUSING), THEN USE A PIECE OF WIRE BENT AT RIGHT ANGLES & PUT IT IN THE HOLE. THIS WILL GIVE YOU THE AMOUNT OF OIL IN THE DIFF & YOU CAN TOP UP ACCORDINGLY.

CHEERS PHIL
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Thanks Phil, I'll check it out this weekend. Does the car need to be on a hoist for this? I can always pop into my mate's workshop if need be.

P.S. I presume you typed in CAPS by accident and you're not shouting at me? emoticon


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