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Old 10-19-2011, 06:02 AM
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Axle Heat After Pinion Seal Fix

Hello All.I took my truck to the dealership for the speed sensor recall.While it was there i asked them to replace the pinion seal.After picking up the truck,and driving it home,i crawled under it to examine their work.The axle housing was hot as fire.I never remember it being that hot before.Around 220 degrees for a 35 mile "no load" trip.I took it back to the dealership and explained the issue.The service manager called the technician to the front so we could have a discussion.I told them that i felt like something was too tight,and that's where the heat was coming from.The tech said he marked the nut and yoke,and tightened it back to where it was.The crush sleeve was not replaced.This was the way ford said to do it.Indeed,he showed the service manual to me and he was correct.Ford does not mention replacing the crush sleeve.They could offer no explanation as to why the rear axle was generating so much heat now.I am on my own it appears,and am at a loss.My truck is at another ford dealership for a second opinion.But i doubt that one dealership will side against another.To make matters worse they replaced the steering box and the ford reman unit has almost as much play as the orginal unit.Oh,and they put a ding in my door also.Wonderful.Any ideas?Thanks everyone.

2000 F-350 Dually
2wd
Dana 80 rear axle
127,000 miles

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Old 10-19-2011, 06:22 AM
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Did they forget to refill it with oil
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Old 10-19-2011, 08:19 AM
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I'm not sure.I didn't get charged for any oil.And the tech didn't mention anything about it.If the rear cover remains intact,and they do everything from the front,how much fluid would be lost for a seal replacement?My gut feeling tells me the pinion bearings are too tight.....because the crush sleeve was not replaced......and the nut is too tight.But i am a rookie.That's why i took it to them.I thought they knew what they were doing.
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Yeah...I'd check the oil level.

The mechanic I use also said that the crush sleeve doesn't need to be replaced every time the pinion nut is removed, and it generally isn't torqued down as tight after the first time the sleeve is used because it crushes down a bit.
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