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Unread 07-14-2012, 06:25 PM   #1
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Leaking right rear axle seal

Hey JF,
My 2006 WK has a leaking right rear axle seal. Anyone know whats involved in replacing it? Is it only a dealer part? Prices? Any input is appreciated.Thanks Folks..

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Unread 07-15-2012, 05:17 PM   #2
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For removal, as per the service manual:
REMOVAL
1. With vehicle in neutral, position on hoist.
2. Remove calipers and rotors.
3. Remove speed sensors (2) from axle tube (1) flange.
4. Remove axle flange nuts (1) from axle (2).
5. Pull axle shaft and backing plate out of axle tube until axle bearing (1) is exposed.
6. Remove O-ring (2) from the axle bearing.
7. Remove axle shaft (1) from axle tube and backing plate.
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Unread 07-16-2012, 06:19 AM   #3
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Yep! Been there done that! Hang onto your wallet! I had to do both sides on my '05. Parts alone were over $400. The bearing and seal are all one unit, just like the fronts. Just follow fred99x instructions to R&R. My biggest pain was getting the bolts off the back of the backing plate. Shop around, I'm sure you can get better prices on the seal/bearing unit than what I got. Mine were leaking so bad that I had to replace all the parking brake pads also. No rust though!!! Have fun! Let us know how it goes.
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Unread 07-16-2012, 04:58 PM   #4
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I heard that the seals are orings.. doesnt someone sell them seperate?
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Unread 07-17-2012, 06:13 PM   #5
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dealer told my mechanic friend the part is $4.50.. And thats all he needs..to stop the leak..
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Unread 09-21-2012, 11:06 AM   #6
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Digging this back up, I have the same issue. I turn wrenches pretty frequently but not tackling this myself. Planning to do both sides together.
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Unread 09-22-2012, 09:09 AM   #7
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Originally Posted by fred99x View Post
For removal, as per the service manual:
REMOVAL
1. With vehicle in neutral, position on hoist.
2. Remove calipers and rotors.
3. Remove speed sensors (2) from axle tube (1) flange.
4. Remove axle flange nuts (1) from axle (2).
5. Pull axle shaft and backing plate out of axle tube until axle bearing (1) is exposed.
6. Remove O-ring (2) from the axle bearing.
7. Remove axle shaft (1) from axle tube and backing plate.
My thread is here.

Mine was just the o-ring.

They leave out the part about disconnecting the parking brake cable, but the axle isn't coming out until you do. Getting the speed sensors out is no picnic either. I got the axle partially out, realized the garage wasn't wide enough to pull the axles out without repositioning the jeep between sides, and took it to the dealer. They replaced both o-rings and installed the new parking brake shoes and hardware I had in the garage. Cost me about $300.
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Unread 09-22-2012, 09:12 AM   #8
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I took my Jeep to my mechanic yesterday to get a quote, asked him to do both sides, replace the axle seals & wheel bearings while he's got it apart. If it's $600 or less, I'm doing it. Guessing it's a full day's work to do both sides, get it put back together, for labor & materials
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Unread 09-25-2012, 12:37 PM   #9
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Got a quote for this today, and it was over $400 per side. He said the rear wheel bearing & hub assembly is all one part and the dealer price was high. He was searching for a lower price. I found this: http://www.carpartsshed.com/Catalog/...ep&Model=Grand Cherokee&YearID=2006&Part=wheel bearing and hub assembly

Looks like Moog carries the part as well for $166 per side. Part #512302. I think I'm going to tell him to go with it.
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Unread 09-25-2012, 02:39 PM   #10
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Had my mechanic do it.. $4.50 for seal plus 21.00 for gear oil.. Then found out cap was leaking. So, he replaced the bearing for $60.00. Plus 180.00 for the bearing.. All done.. Just had him do the right front one last week end...It was getting noisy... BTW, 106.000 on the clock!!
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Unread 09-25-2012, 06:37 PM   #11
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i'm confused, the bearing was $60 or $180? The links I posted above have the entire assembly for $160....

EDIT: Rockauto has the Moog part for $137 each http://www.rockauto.com/dbphp/x,cata...OG_512302.html
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Unread 09-26-2012, 10:07 AM   #12
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Local Jeep dealer wants $495 per side to replace entire hub assembly. Another local mechanic said he'd charge 2 hours labor ($95/hr) per side if I bought the part & brought it in...
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Unread 09-26-2012, 03:47 PM   #13
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$180 for the part $60.00 for labor
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Unread 09-26-2012, 04:56 PM   #14
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sounds like you have a better mechanic. 1 hour for labor sounds good to get the wheel off, brake & caliper off, hub assembly swapped, then reassembled.

You know which part was used for $180? Factory Mopar, Moog, Timken?
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Unread 09-26-2012, 05:43 PM   #15
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IDR It was an Autozone part
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