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Old 02-05-2009, 06:50 PM
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Knuckle Seal HELP ME

I am currently trying to put my hub back on but I cant get the knuckle seal to seat on the stub axle. Please help I need my truck tommorrow and its getting too late to beat the hell out of it with a hammer. Any body that has done this please help. I posted this is 911 also but i had to go here too
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Old 02-05-2009, 09:19 PM
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I wouldn't suggest doing this without a knuckle seal installer. Not only is the seal an extremely tight fit to the shaft, it also must be installed to a specific depth on both the axle shaft and in the knuckle.They damage easily so i wouldn't hit it with a hammer. Maybe someone else has some good ideas?
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Old 02-06-2009, 04:47 AM
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Well the depth part is easy on the axel shaft I can see exactly where the old one went on to. The i will install the shaft in the knuckle and let the hub seat it to the correct depth. I found a thread with photos on how to do it without the tool but the photos are gone now.
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Old 02-06-2009, 06:13 AM
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Make your own tool!

Go to the plumbing supply store and pick up (1) ea.

1 1/4 - Floor flange
1 1/4 - 8" nipple
1 1/4 - cap

The flange has to be cut-down on the outside diameter to fit inside the metal lip of the seal (@ 1/8" off). If you have access to a lathe it's a fast cut, otherwise you'll have to mark & grind it.

I had no problem with determining the proper depth as there was a recess cut in the inside of the hub and the seal sat just a bit beyond.

You have to give it a good shot with a deadblow (or big hammer) to get it to move because it won't just "tap" in.

Also you need to clean up the interior of the hub really well and apply a light grease. If you have a cylinder hone you can get it "bright" after you scrape & sand away the crud.

It's really very easy to do, I just did it las month -> Ft Axle U-joints as big a pain to change as they look?

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