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post #1 of 10 Old 02-16-2017, 12:46 PM Thread Starter
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Axle Seals...again

My rear axle seals are leaking again. They were done right before I bought the Jeep in September 2015, about 14000 miles ago (have the receipt). Wheel bearings were done at the same time.

Being the bearings were done a little over a year ago, is it worth doing them again? If so, I've found the kits online that include bearings, seals, press ring, and retainer, and I'll just go with that.

If there's no reason to do the bearings again, what do I need to order in addition to the seals themselves?

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post #2 of 10 Old 02-16-2017, 01:02 PM
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My rear axle seals are leaking again. They were done right before I bought the Jeep in September 2015, about 14000 miles ago (have the receipt). Wheel bearings were done at the same time. Being the bearings were done a little over a year ago, is it worth doing them again? If so, I've found the kits online that include bearings, seals, press ring, and retainer, and I'll just go with that. If there's no reason to do the bearings again, what do I need to order in addition to the seals themselves?
You have to take the bearing and retainer off in order to remove the old seal and install the new seal. Well technically you could cut the old seal off but you would still need to remove the bearing and retainer to install the new seal. Therefore you will need new bearings, bearing retainers, and seals.
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So those aren't items that could be cleaned up and put back in place? Or are they usually damaged during removal?

Doesn't make sense that they would sell seals by themselves if the bearings and retainers need to be replaced as well. (Not saying I don't believe you, just thinking out loud!)
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So those aren't items that could be cleaned up and put back in place? Or are they usually damaged during removal? Doesn't make sense that they would sell seals by themselves if the bearings and retainers need to be replaced as well. (Not saying I don't believe you, just thinking out loud!)
You have to drill a hole in the bearing retainer and break it with a cold chisel. You can press off the bearing with a bearing splitter and a shop press or cut the bearing off carefully with a dremel. For the cost of the bearing, even if you press off the old bearing, I would recommend replacing rather than reusing an old bearing.

Then the seal comes off of the shaft. And a new seal is slid on before pressing on the bearing and retainer.

Parts can be purchased separately since different manufacturers make parts and do sell them separately.
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Got it...better safe than sorry. Thanks a lot!
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So...OMIX-ADA 16534.42 ? A pair of these and I'll be good to go? <img src="https://autoplicity.com/content/images/1459/14590858_0.jpg" alt="Image result for OMIX-ADA 1653442"/>
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So...OMIX-ADA 16534.42 ? A pair of these and I'll be good to go? <img src="https://autoplicity.com/content/images/1459/14590858_0.jpg" alt="Image result for OMIX-ADA 1653442"/>
I'm not telling you what to do but I would do Timken bearings and seals over Omix-ADA. Check rock auto. The bearing and retainer (PN SET31) is $18.65 a side and the seal (PN 2146) is $5.87 a side. So you would have $50 before their discount and before shipping in everything you will need.

EDIT - By google searching the Omix part, it looks like they are using Timken bearings anyways and that kit is $50 per wheel. You can save $50 and buy the same parts individually.
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post #8 of 10 Old 02-16-2017, 03:35 PM
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post #9 of 10 Old 02-16-2017, 09:02 PM
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I'll second the Timken bearings and seals. I used a National bearing and seal once, and there have been no issues, with it, but for the price and quality of Timken that would be my first choice.
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post #10 of 10 Old 02-16-2017, 10:59 PM
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Sounds like whoever installed the seals the last time didn't grease them before installation. Starting a new seal dry, on a dry shaft, can damage it. The directions that come with the axle seals even states to fill the gap between the 2 lips of the seal with grease before installation.
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