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Unread 05-21-2008, 09:11 AM   #1
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Strange noise from rear axle

Just started yesterday, while jeep is rolling, starts, progresses with speed, sounds like small bearings rolling around in can. Did notice a little while back some kinda oil stain on my drivers side rear wheel. is it a busted seal? how difficult to repair?

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Unread 05-21-2008, 09:22 AM   #2
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Had the same thing on our TJ, ours had a groove worn in the axle shaft by the axle bearing (which is located at the end of the tube just behind your brake drum) and the deflection due to the loss of material caused the shaft to push the oil seal out of the way and start leaking oil.

If you do need to replace the bearing you have to pull the axle shaft on that side to be able to get the bearing and seal out. A slide hammer is a huge plus for this job. We found out after doing ours that NAPA has special replacement bearings that can be used that will come to bear on a different spot on the axle shaft so that you don't necessarily have to replace the shaft. In our case we had a spare shaft so we just replaced the bearing, seal and the shaft.

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