Torsen question

Rbade12 at Rbade12 at
Sat May 3 17:57:17 PDT 2008

I've had an annoying leak from the seal around the drive flange [or output  
shaft], very slow, drips on exhaust and smells bad, rarely any on the ground. I 
 ordered one from SJM and today I took the drain plug off at the bottom of 
the  Torsen housing. The fluid that drained did not look like the Redline  MTL I 
had filled the tranny with some 10k ago. It looked OE, yellowish, with  many 
miles on it [I got about a 1 1/2 qts from it]. So, my questions; Do the  
Torsen and tranny share fluid or is the Torsen separate of the tranny gears  
[Bentley isn't concrete about this, except for "tranny and final drive share a  
housing"]. If they do share why isn't the newer MTL in that Torsen  housing [ I 
didn't pull the plug I pulled today when I drained the tranny  fluid 10k ago, so 
did this fluid just stay there, seperated by a "wall" and  the newer fluid 
replaced the tranny side only]. I've got the Torsen and gear  cover off the car 
and looking in the vacated housing, I can't tell if there  is a passage 
between the tranny and Torsen. Looking for some way to fill the  Torsen, I see a 
plug, but it'd be tough to get at and tougher to get fluid  into.
So, I'm leaning hard towards they share fluid, but I'd really appreciate  any 
help clearing this up!!
Bob 91 200q20v with exhaust, driveshaft, Torsen, oil cooler removed. BTW,  
the Torsen is really an amazing little piece to see in the  flesh!

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