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Old 06-24-2010, 04:27 PM
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Leaky front end

I had my front end serviced and the next day I noticed gear oil under the front end just inside the tire. I bought the seal but I'm curious if it can be done in the driveway or does the ball joints and everything have to come off. I have never done this before but im willing to tackle it I just dont want to buy parts I wont need. Can anyone help with this? My truck is a 95 F350
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Old 06-24-2010, 05:42 PM
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I would check the level in the diff and keep an eye on it for a little while because it could just be that the axle tubes got some gear oil past the seal when the shafts were out and is just showing up. And the knuckles don't have to be removed but the axle shafts and center section do and the center section technically has to have a special tool to remove it, even though it can be done without it
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Old 06-24-2010, 07:00 PM
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Well the shafts haven't been out so I take it the outer seals are shot. Correct me if i'm wrong but it shouldn't hurt it to drive it being nothing is turning in there without it locked in in the cab or hubs?
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Old 06-25-2010, 11:52 AM
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It shouldn't hurt as long as you've got it out of 4x4 and the hubs disengaged. What service did they do on the front?
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Old 06-25-2010, 03:17 PM
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All they did was top off the grease. By the way I will do it myself from now on. What is recomended for these?
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Old 06-25-2010, 03:52 PM
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Old 06-25-2010, 04:39 PM
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Leaky front end

Thank you, I will keep some on hand. By the way I love your truck, I just picked mine up and it is a pretty much stock crew cab 95. I love it and look forward to making some mods. If you dont mind I will probably need some answers on stuff as I go. I bought it to tow my 30' toy hauler and just have a new toy. I had someone tell me the first bang for my buck is get rid of the factory squished down tub and open it up. A shop quoted me about $1000. Ouch!!! I know things aint cheap.
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Old 06-25-2010, 05:02 PM
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Thanks, shoot away on the questions and I'll answer the best I can. Definitely down pipe, intake, and chip. That is all I have on my truck at the moment and it is a huge difference.
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Old 06-27-2010, 09:56 AM
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just got done replacing front diff. seals, wheel bearings, and u-joints on my F350, took about 1 1/2 days to do it myself in my garage, only specialty tool needed is hub nut socket. diesel power mag an article with step by step instructions about a year ago, very helpful. (I keep all my mags.) easy job to do.
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Old 06-27-2010, 10:20 AM
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that job really isnt too bad just time consuming. a trick my cornwell dealer showed me is a rear end pin, cut a slot chunk out of the bottom and you can use the trucks power steering to pop the wheel bearing hub right out which is normally the hardest part of the job. Im a little late on the reply but hopefully this will help out some people who do the job in the future
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