Alright, I have two questions for all you guys and gals who are smarter than me out there in the Jeep world.
1. Earlier this week I went and had my tires balanced and got my yearly state inspection. During the tire balancing the mechanic told me that my right rear axle was shot and needed to be replaced. So after a quick trip to Advance Auto Parts for a new seal and some gear oil I got to work. Changing out the seals wasn't too much of a problem. I did get a little bit of dirt/sand/grime in the axle tube but I cleaned it out pretty well. I popped the new seal in with a short piece of 4x4 and a hammer and all looked good. Finished up and I was on my way.
Well earlier today I walked outside and I was smelling gear oil. I jacked up the rear end and popped the tire and drum off real quick. Sure enough, there was a little bit of gear oil around the seal and axle shaft. There wasn't a whole lot of gear oil, just a little bit collecting towards the bottom of the seal. There wasn't any dripping on the driveway or anything like that. Now I don't think I got a bad seal so I was wondering if there was anything else that could cause the leaking gear oil. There is very slight play in the axle shaft (about a millimeter). Is this normal for the axle shaft to move like that? Could the dirt and grime getting in the axle tube or bearing have something to do with this?
Ok, now for the second question...
2. Before I get flamed for posting this next question, just understand that I've searched and I've seen a million different solutions for this, I am just confused about one thing.
From about 45-55 mph I have some shaking in the steering wheel. It is NOT a death wobble, just some shaking. Like I said, I've had the tires balanced, I rotated them and I've checked the steering components and everything looks good. I'm not asking for a solution for the problem, I just want to know if a new steering stabilizer will fix this problem. All the other threads I have read said that steering stabilizers are just a band-aid fix for a death wobble, but I do not have a death wobble. Just an annoying shake in the steering wheel. I am just not clear if a steering stabilizer is band-aid solution for both a death wobble and an annoying vibration/shake in the steering wheel.
I hope nothing I wrote was too confusing and thank you ahead of time for any input!