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Old 01-09-2012, 11:51 AM
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Rear Axle Seal Leaking

Noticed last night my passenger side rear wheel is covered in diff fluid. Time to replace the axle seal.
Anyone having luck using a parts-house (NAPA/ "shmucks" Orielly) brand for the seal? I've heard some people complain about them leaking, but my local stealership says it will take them 10-14 days to get the seal in...I just can't wait that long.
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Old 01-09-2012, 12:24 PM
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I used SKF seals in mine, no issues yet.
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Old 01-09-2012, 01:27 PM
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It seems like all I can find locally is "National" brand. Anyone have experience with them?
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Old 01-10-2012, 05:37 PM
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have the same issue with my truck getting ready to put one in from parts store as well. have heard that sometimes they work sometimes they don't
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Old 01-10-2012, 06:12 PM
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Might need to check the vent, my driver side rear was leaking so I replaced it well it lasted about a month and started leaking again, come to find out the vent was clogged and causing the axle to pressurize and push out the seal.
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Old 01-10-2012, 08:15 PM
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I'll probably change the seals out anyways. I bought this truck a few months ago, and am planning on flushing the differentials. Might as well kill two birds at once.
Just curious, whats the best way the clean out the vent tube?
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Old 01-11-2012, 07:03 AM
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Take the vent hose off the axle and see if you can blow through it, if not it's clogged and where the vent tube goes stick a small drill bit or something through it and see if it's blocked and that is how you clean it out.
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Old 01-11-2012, 09:02 AM
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Alright thats what I figured.
I'll probably give it a good soak in the parts washer, then hit it with some compressed air just to make sure all that crap is out of there.
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