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Unread 05-05-2013, 07:11 PM   #1
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Axle seal question

Hello all. Don't venture over here to the JK forum very often as my passion is TJs, however my wife has a 2007 JK and the passenger inner axle seal on the front axle is leaking. I am thinking about doing the repair myself to save money but I'm wondering if some of the special tools listed in the service manual are really necessary? Will I really need a case spreader and the special tool to seat the seals in the axle tubes? Any other advice before I attemp this? Thanks for any info.

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Unread 05-05-2013, 07:17 PM   #2
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Hello all. Don't venture over here to the JK forum very often as my passion is TJs, however my wife has a 2007 JK and the passenger inner axle seal on the front axle is leaking. I am thinking about doing the repair myself to save money but I'm wondering if some of the special tools listed in the service manual are really necessary? Will I really need a case spreader and the special tool to seat the seals in the axle tubes? Any other advice before I attemp this? Thanks for any info.

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As always, Stu's da man. http://stu-offroad.com/axle/d30seals/seal-1.htm

Here's another write up: http://www.jk-forum.com/jk-write-ups...acement-41177/
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^^^

Also, read this thread for a DIY tool to INSTALL the new axle seals:http://www.jkowners.com/forum/showthread.php?p=425844

The seals cost about $25 at the Jeep dealership.

When you re-install the axle shafts, be sure to put a glob of grease on the ends of the shafts (on the threaded ends going into the diff) to protect the new seals from getting shredded.

DIY, takes about 2-3 hours. And DON'T forget to add new differential fluid when done!!!

If you have sleeves inside the axle, it gets a little more complicated. I can't get my seals removed. I think Jeep welded mine in. D'oh! Taking it to the guy who did my gears to have him replace the seals. That took about 3 hours of frustration to realize this.
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Also, read this thread for a DIY tool to INSTALL the new axle seals:http://www.jkowners.com/forum/showthread.php?p=425844
Thanks I looked for that link, but was "search challenged" never found it.
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