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post #1 of 5 Old 06-23-2013, 02:29 AM Thread Starter
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Leaky Axle seal in front.. ignore it or ?

I noticed my mom's 4.0 the front axle is starting to leak gear oil on the short shaft side or drivers side.. Its basically covering the knuckle.. But I think its a super slow leak as when I checked the level after our double 1500 mile trips it was the same.

So what is the process of replacing these seals.. Is it hard ? or should I just ignore it ?


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post #2 of 5 Old 06-23-2013, 03:01 AM
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Not that hard, if you're mechanically inclined. Changing them involves:

- Taking the wheels off, pulling axles out (need a 12-point 13mm socket to undo the bearing hub bolts)
- Taking the diff carrier out
- Replacing the seals
- Putting all back together.

If you're not shy of doing all the above, here's a good writeup:

http://jeep-xj.info/HowtoD30AxlesSeals.htm
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post #3 of 5 Old 06-23-2013, 04:11 AM
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Don't make it difficult... plus a better write up with pics is in our FAQs page. You guys should read through that sometime.

Thirty mins tops to replace it.

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post #4 of 5 Old 06-24-2013, 09:36 PM Thread Starter
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Well I've replaced her cv shafts not too long ago actually its been maybe 5 months.. So im familer with how to take all that apart.. Now the differential if I remove that big gear like in the link it isn't going to cause any problems where I need a special tool to calibrate anything ? It just unbolts and pulls out and then bolts back in

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post #5 of 5 Old 06-24-2013, 10:10 PM
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Yep, pretty much. Just take care to put the bearings and bearing caps where they were originally (and how they were, cap alignment does matter), + torque cap bolts to spec.
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