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Unread 09-03-2014, 10:23 AM   #1
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D35 Axel Seal Leaking

So I replaced the axle seal a few weeks ago and now its leaking again on my d35.
I used aftermarket parts to replace the first time and after researching have noticed that many say the oem seal has more reliability.

With this said I priced out the oem parts and they are a bit expensive for all the parts involved..

Could i just buy the oem seal and all other parts aftermarket like the bearing collar and race and retaining plate?

What have you guys done in the past full oem full aftermarket ...mix it up?

and yeah i cant spell axle

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Unread 09-03-2014, 11:15 AM   #2
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I've done aftermarket when I've done mine, both for seals and bearings and they held for 30k+ miles now.

But to answer your question, yea I can't see why doing OEM seal and aftermarket (I suggest Timken) bearings would be any sort of issue.

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Unread 09-03-2014, 12:12 PM   #3
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Thanks for the quick response.. I see Timken as a sugestion ...on researching this though i dont see that they make a "Timken" Seal

so ill probbaly grab the 30 or 40 dolar seal thats oem. 30 k bearing sounds good to me also btw
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Unread 09-03-2014, 01:04 PM   #4
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Funny thing my parts guy said that he sold me Timken bearing and seal. i guess im just gonna buy another set and do it again
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Unread 09-03-2014, 03:01 PM   #5
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I put a little Permatex gasket stuff around the outside of the seal before I installed.
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Unread 09-03-2014, 04:04 PM   #6
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Brakeman thats interesting ..I appreciate the tip.
Im told that greaseing the seal thoroughly is textbook for the installation.

I didnt grease the seal. Permatex seams like kinda in the same line of thinking.

Still think it shoulda just sealed regardless of any goop around the seal..the axle looked perfect after i had my guy press the bearing and collar and slid in.......real nice ... but i wont chance it this time again Ill put some gunk in it . obviously it s my first axle seal and yes it was unsuccessful and yet ridiculously easy job to do go figure.. I guess im going to just take another swing ..I have decided to stay with non oem and just swing away. Tin cup style. Im not sure when im doing this maybe tomorrow .. Ill keep th thread updated and maybe some pictures.
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Unread 09-03-2014, 06:51 PM   #7
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I helped my mechanic put on both seals, one was leaking but we decided to replace both. They were timken seals. Holding now for 15 K

We did use blue rtv around the outer edge when we put them in
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Unread 09-04-2014, 09:18 AM   #8
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maybe ill just rtv it and try that out for awhile and see......
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Unread 09-04-2014, 02:29 PM   #9
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So I i pulled the axle to see what was going on.

It looked fine..... there was small scratch/ gouge by where the collar (retainer that holds the bearing on which looked like it was a non issue but maybe it is.

the race looked good
the outer cylinder where the seal is seated looked fine.

So I ran a small bead of rtv on the seal itself and in retrospect i should have been more generous i was trying not to gum up the bearing so i was cautious.

refilled the differential with more lube
put axle grease on the axle
and a bit on the bearing and ran a bead on the seal and stuck it back in.

Ill update the thread on my success or failure.

if it fails ill cut the bearing off and get an oem seal and use a timken bearing and rtv the beegees out of it.





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Strange thing i see alot of these bearings have the race integrated with the bearing
mine wasn't it was bearing and race.
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Unread 09-06-2014, 06:19 PM   #10
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What was the cost to replace both sides?
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Unread 09-07-2014, 09:15 PM   #11
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My cost was 70 bones forvthe retainer and bearing and 20 bux to have it pressed on. I didvthe labor. ..just one side.
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Unread 09-07-2014, 10:36 PM   #12
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Dunno if you did this or not but with any oil seal its important to put a generous amount of grease all around the lip of the seal. Any kind of chassis grease works fine. Keeps the seal lubricated during the initial use when the oil meant to lubricate it just isn't there yet.
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Unread 09-11-2014, 01:57 PM   #13
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Well its still leaking. Looks like im going to buy an oem back plate with oem seal. I will report back with results next week. To be continued. Thanks for all the tips guys much appreciated.
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