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Rear axle spindle repair

1997 f350 7.3 psd 4x4

I had some fluid on my rear wheel and it was not brake fluid. So I'm in the process of changing axle seals when I notice that the previous owner installed the seal backwards, oil side was facing out. So whatever no biggie, but the spindle got all gouged up and there's grooves all round it from the inner bearing ring. Short of disassembling everything and bringing the spindle in for repair is there something else I can do myself? Is this something I can leave be since the seals will hold in the fluid anyway and the bearings still seat good? Someone suggested JB weld, filling the groves then sanding it flush. Looking for advise from someone smarter than me, which is most of ya. Thanks
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The rear axle isn't all that expensive from a junk yard. Buy one, put your new seals on it then install it. Only takes a few hours to swap the axle out.

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Workdog i saw that a user on this forum (dieselbrad) made a thread on dieselbomber forum where he had the same issue and repaired it. Might want to search for that. Being that you just removed your rear hub can you give me a run down of your hub removal process. I have the same truck and replacing my rear inner wheel seals as well. Did the one side and did it so quick i didnt realize what i did. Now im stuck on the other side. I cant imagine im missing anything. Remove wheel then locknut and outer bearing then pull drum and hub off right???

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