Yes the seal is in the pumpkin. You may have knocked the spring in the seal loose when you put the axle shaft back in.
When I pull my axles I use some emery cloth on the area that the axle shaft that rides on the seal. I also put some grease on the shaft.
It also may be some of the gear lube came out along with the shaft.
I would keep a eye on the gear lube level and the end of the axle tube. It could quit.
93 YJ SOA 2" springs front, XJ springs rear w/main leaf added, High pinon 9 inch rear detroit locker front Dana 44 ARB 4.56 Gears, 36 inch Irok tires too much to list.
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