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Old 07-05-2014, 12:00 PM
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replacing axle seals

alright so my front axle on the driverside is making quite the mess with fluid so i was going to do the axle seals.
I can tell the outter axle seal is bad or possibly gone because the fluid is just running out so i want to replace both outter and the inner seals.
ive done some research and everyone says its a farley straight forward job to replace just have to remove the hole carrier out of the axle. Ive never done something like that but seems straight forward but a couple of my buddie said that most of those diff's need to be shimmed up when installing and i cant find anything about doing this anywhere for the fords.
just curious if this is true or not. if it doesnt need shimmed ill probably tackle this job on my own.
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Old 07-05-2014, 12:31 PM
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you take it out and don't mix up anything then you don't need to re set it up

read up there ares some tricks to doing this and updated seals

suggest looking at the condition u joints and / balljoints / knuckle seals / unit bearings etc
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Old 07-05-2014, 06:40 PM
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you take it out and don't mix up anything then you don't need to re set it up

read up there ares some tricks to doing this and updated seals

suggest looking at the condition u joints and / balljoints / knuckle seals / unit bearings etc
Completely agree with ZMANN. If you've never done ball joints or front axle ujoints, now would be a good time.
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Old 07-06-2014, 01:14 PM
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alright I've done a decent amount of research and saw where theres a special tool needed to do it and that some people have made there own tool and such. just wasn't sure about how hard it was to actually remove the carrier and reinstall. seems pretty straight forward if it goes back in just how it came out.

i also was thinking about doing the ball joint and u-joints and sway bar end links and busing.
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Old 07-23-2014, 02:42 AM
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if you are gonna have it all apart replace what you can while its open
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The outer seal is just a dust seal and often the lip just become the free floating band on the knuckle. However, as you indicated you have fluid seeping out and that is from the inner seal and that should be fixed. As suggested, once you have it out it just makes sense to check or even change out the ball-joints, seals and to a lesser extent the bearings.
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