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post #1 of 8 Old 09-02-2013, 08:05 AM Thread Starter
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Stuck Axle Seal

I'm replacing the hub assembly as well as the inner and outer seals on the passenger side front axle. I was able to get the inner dust seal off no problem, but I can't get the outer seal (the one that sits inside the knuckle) off.

Here's a pic of where I'm at:



If it weren't for all of the images and videos online, I'd swear that is a solid ring attached to the axle. I assume that ridge is where it's supposed to seperate and pull off, but I can't get any movement on it.

The part i'm planning to put on is the axle seal shown here:



Am I missing something? Is mine different? Do I just need to haul off on it some more?

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post #2 of 8 Old 09-02-2013, 08:13 AM
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It's just sheetmetal you're dealing with, it's gonna be stuck on pretty well, do whatever you have to do...

Just destroy it!
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Thanks, I guess I'll just cut away the seals so I can grab the metal with some vice grips. I've been applying the PB like crazy to try and get it to break away.
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Ended up taking it to a firestone and having them airhammer it off. Now i just need to press the new one on. Not looking forward to that!
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I have all the parts to make it (the tool) but that's a large amount of metal to grind off of that floor flange. All I've got is an angle grinder. Do i just rub it around the outside for a while until it's ground down enough are are people using heavier duty grinders than just a handheld one?
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Got it all squared away. Went to a buddy's house. Ground down the floor flange using a bench grinder. Used his press to pop the new seal on. Everything went back together nicely. So nicely i wonder what i forgot...
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Glad it finally went as it was supposed to!

It's not a lot of material you have to remove from that flange, I just chucked it my lathe...
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