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Old 07-27-2011, 07:55 PM
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03 Excursion 4x4 Front Axle Seal Replacement

Does anyone have, or know where to find a good write up for replacing the front axle seals (inner). I had them done about 9 months ago by a local shop who has worked on my family cars for over 25 years but has closed and is unavailable for family medical issues. I just don't have the 1k the local stealership wants to do the job. They are now leaking (1 qt every couple weeks) from and around the 2 outer dust seals.
I've been given several inconsistent answers from sources that vary from a 1 hour job to a 2 day job. Do the gears have to come out or can I just remove the axles, get the long puller and remove from the outside? I would appreciate any good write ups

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Old 07-29-2011, 03:11 PM
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This is not for the person who has to ask how to do it. I just finished installing new vacuum seals in the front end of my 4x4 F350. This vacuum seal stuff was a first for me, but I've done a lot of other 4x4 work. Besides my garage full of tools, I had to buy a $70 installer tool. That's only half the battle. After doing everything I did, you'd still have to pull the differential (center section), and put it back after you've installed the inner axle seals.
The inner axle seals are installed and removed from inside the differential housing. You CAN'T install or remove from outside. I installed these seals on my '98 Dodge one ton but it too had a Dana axle so they'd be the same.
To aswer one of your questions. The first side I did (d.s.) took about 6 hours (learning curve) and getting it jacked up. The p.s. took a good 4 hours. Don't try to do this without that $70 installer tool. You'll only waist a $40 seal (each side). On top of all this you'll most likely need to purchase an installer tool for the inner axle seals. Too bad that we are on opposite ends of the country, I'd help you. If you do it yourself Best of Luck.

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Old 07-29-2011, 07:42 PM
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here something i found, hope this helps bud.

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