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Unread 03-03-2013, 12:54 PM   #1
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AMC 20 Problems!

I just had 1 piece superior axles put in my 80 CJ7 after battling leaking seals. Everything was great until yesterday I was going down the road and the jeep would not pull. I thought I lost my clutch then I put it in gear and saw the drive shaft turning and the wheels not even thinking of moving. I also noticed fluid leaking from the passenger side of the axle. Am i correct to think my tracloc just gave up? No grinding noise or anything when it went> My axle has a Y stamped on it so I guessing its a trac loc. If so should i rebuild it or just put in a detroit locker or what? I need help.

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Unread 03-03-2013, 12:57 PM   #2
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Silly question, but you got the 1 piece axles meant for Tracloc? Is it the same as Quadra-trac?
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Unread 03-03-2013, 01:10 PM   #3
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Not a silly question and when I ordered to axles I didn't think I had trac loc because the measurements worked out correct. I haven't seen my carrier yet so hopefully I will know for sure soon.
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Unread 03-03-2013, 06:31 PM   #4
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I went to the shop today and the axle on the passenger side has slid out about an 1 1/2". I'm guessing or hoping its just a bearing issue. I would like to know what made this happen?
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Unread 03-03-2013, 07:05 PM   #5
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the brake backing plate holds the axle in, there should be no way it can come out.
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Unread 03-04-2013, 08:30 AM   #6
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the brake backing plate holds the axle in, there should be no way it can come out.
Unless the bearing retainer ring has slipped. That would allow the bearing to stay in place but the axle shaft to slide out. Could be when they installed it they didn't press the ring on far enough......or they didn't press the ring on at all.
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Unread 03-04-2013, 08:58 AM   #7
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I had three axles come out like on a model 20. It could be a few things, is the still on and tight? If just the axle came out then I would say that the wrong press or locking ring was used. I think the issues I had with mine were because of a bent housing, not for sure though.
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Unread 03-04-2013, 11:15 AM   #8
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Unless the bearing retainer ring has slipped. That would allow the bearing to stay in place but the axle shaft to slide out. Could be when they installed it they didn't press the ring on far enough......or they didn't press the ring on at all.
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Axle length isn't an issue between an open carrier and a TracLok carrier. Same axles work for both.
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Unread 03-04-2013, 02:35 PM   #9
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Thanks for the responses as soon as I find out what happen I will let you know.
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Unread 03-05-2013, 05:45 PM   #10
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Ok I found out that the bearing must of ran dry and the bearing got hot came apart and destroyed the brand new axle. I the axle has 2 seals how is it supposed to get lubricated? How do I stop this from happening again??
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Unread 03-05-2013, 06:14 PM   #11
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im about to pull mine apart

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Ok I found out that the bearing must of ran dry and the bearing got hot came apart and destroyed the brand new axle. I the axle has 2 seals how is it supposed to get lubricated? How do I stop this from happening again??
i also have a one piece axle kit. i wont explain the whole story but i have the remainder of the install kit which the prior owner had installed. the "zerk fittings" that come with it are still in the box. the install instructions show the zerks drilled/tapped into the axle tube to grease the bearings which are now isolated from the diff oil. im thinking they leave the inner seal out to retain the diff oil feature?. if your mech installed both seals but no zerks than im sure you can see what happened. ill know how mine has stayed together after i pull it apart.
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Unread 03-05-2013, 06:34 PM   #12
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There is an awesome thread explaining the whole deal with these axles. I have another set of axles on the way :-( from Randy's Ring and pinion. I'm going to have them either leave the inner seal out or drill holes in it for lubrication.
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Unread 03-05-2013, 06:40 PM   #13
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i also have a one piece axle kit. i wont explain the whole story but i have the remainder of the install kit which the prior owner had installed. the "zerk fittings" that come with it are still in the box. the install instructions show the zerks drilled/tapped into the axle tube to grease the bearings which are now isolated from the diff oil. im thinking they leave the inner seal out to retain the diff oil feature?. if your mech installed both seals but no zerks than im sure you can see what happened. ill know how mine has stayed together after i pull it apart.
The M20 doesn't use the diff oil for lubrication....nor has it ever done so. The bearing is supposed to be packed with grease after it's pressed on. And unless you leave your axles submerged for long periods of time that initial packing will ensure the bearing sees tens of thousands of miles without a problem.

The inner seal keeps the diff oil from washing the grease out of the bearing and the outer seal keeps contaminants out of the grease. Some people do install the zerks so they don't have to dis-assemble the axle to put fresh grease in but it's not a feature used by the 3 biggest axle suppliers so in my opinion it's not a must-have.

To the OP, sounds like your bearing wasn't packed before final assembly, bummer....but now you know.
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Unread 03-05-2013, 06:53 PM   #14
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The other bummer is superior is out of these axles and will not be making more for a while if at all. Now that my new Yukon axles will be here Friday . Am I correct to ask my mechanic to put the zerk fitting in or just leave the inner seal out like another thread says on jeep forum?
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Unread 03-05-2013, 07:03 PM   #15
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thanks for the info, that explains the zerks

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The M20 doesn't use the diff oil for lubrication....nor has it ever done so. The bearing is supposed to be packed with grease after it's pressed on. And unless you leave your axles submerged for long periods of time that initial packing will ensure the bearing sees tens of thousands of miles without a problem.

The inner seal keeps the diff oil from washing the grease out of the bearing and the outer seal keeps contaminants out of the grease. Some people do install the zerks so they don't have to dis-assemble the axle to put fresh grease in but it's not a feature used by the 3 biggest axle suppliers so in my opinion it's not a must-have.

To the OP, sounds like your bearing wasn't packed before final assembly, bummer....but now you know.
so why are they so prone to leaking?. is it the inner seal failing and the outer seal not designed to keep oil in but simply contaminants out?.
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