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post #1 of 9 Old 12-14-2012, 08:21 PM Thread Starter
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front axle leaking

While working to put my leveling kit on. I noticed that I have a leak on both sides of the axle.



Based on some info I read, I think my inner axle seals are leaking. Is this correct? Are there any good diy instructions on how to do this? Also, are there any other things I should replace while doing this?Ball joints, u joints? Thanks.
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anyone? Your help is greatly appreciated.
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I haven't had to do it yet, but there are some good vodeos on youtube. Srmastertech, I believe there is a special tool for installing the inner seal. Is that the hub bearing seal on the right side of the universal joint?

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Boss. You deffinetly got some bad seals. Ive done some axles Smaller than what you got there. Im sure the principles are the same.

With the axles ive done..i only needed one specialty tool. Picked it up at some auto store...a hub tool/socket.

This is not a complicated job. Just take your time. If your confident with turning wrenches this will take the mystery out of axle work.

Just take note when assebling the front hubs. Tighten to the specs so you dont drop a wheel on the highway.

I cant speak for this axle...only older dana44s..but if they are similar should be no probr...unless the axles have c clips inside..wow i just thought about that..yeah check that first...otherwise you gonna need to crack the front diff cover off...

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you prob have dana 60 front w/free floating hubs. Could have c clips...nevermind everything i said you have antire different axle...

Good luck..might want some one else to chime in...sorry.
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You are right inner axle seals. I have done a few of them on these trucks. Two this summer. You have to pull the axles (no clips involved) then take out the ring gear. Take the cover off then 4 bolts hold the caps on the ring gear bearings. Once the ring gear is out you can see the seals in the housing. I have a pry bar with a hook on the end of it that works pretty good to just pry the old seals out. I use a 3/4 drive socket to pound on to put the new ones in. They can be kind of fiddly to start sometimes. Just put the seals in until they are just past flush or they will go right on through into the housing. Put the bearing caps back on the same side you took them off from on re-installation.

You don't have to mess with ring and pinion adjustment because the pinion wasn't out and the ring gears is going back where it was to start with.

Nothing hard about it, just a pain in the arse.

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Ron-M is right on...not a big deal of a job at all no special tools need. And don't overthink tanking the differential out...one tip there take a punch and put a punch mark on the upper outer corner of each cap to remember what side goes where. Also torque those bolts to SPEC! I would check out the u-joint on the axle shafts while you have them out. And since you have it that far down taking a good look at the hub bearings and ball joints are a good idea!

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Thanks for everyones help. Do you folks have the part number for this seal?
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I think I may have found the part number. 2c3z3254 AA.
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