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Unread 10-07-2013, 12:13 PM   #1
robsbluerub
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front axle seal

After changing the knuckles and ball joint the axle leaks fluid out of the passenger side. I didn't have any problems with getting the shaft in or out on that side.

I really don't want to remove the carrier just to replace the inner seal. Any trick s to stem the leak?

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Unread 10-07-2013, 12:56 PM   #2
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nope. you have to remove the carrier. only way I have heard. hours of labor for 20$ part.
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Unread 10-07-2013, 03:04 PM   #3
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That's what I thought. I'm not ready to regear yet (spent too much on the knuckles etc) and i don't like the gear oil leaking out. Guess I'll put up with it for a few months and then bit the bullet.
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Unread 10-07-2013, 03:28 PM   #4
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Its normal for a little oil to get into the tube when you pull the shaft and then "leak" out for a while after the job is done. Might be worth cleaning it up a bit and seeing if it keeps "leaking".

It might not be a bad seal. It is pretty common to goober up the seals putting the shafts back in. Heard some say to coat the splines really good with grease to let them slid in easier.
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Unread 10-28-2013, 07:20 PM   #5
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So I finally got the axle torn down. The passenger seal was definitely egg shaped - my fault when I did the ball joints.

My question now is whether it is possible to install the seals too deep as there really isn't a shoulder for it to bottom out on. I think I have them a little deeper than the stock ones. There is plenty of turned area on the shaft so I hope it is OK. I would hate to have them leak again.
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