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Loose ring?

I was checking over my 2000 f350 before a road trip this week and noticed this loose ring around the axle. It looks like maybe a dust cover for the seal but itís completelt just flopping around the axle shaft. Itís exactly the same on both sides, what is this ring? Iíll try figure out how to attach a video
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Dust seal -- it is supposed to keep debris out of the axle insides -- looks like yours is shot

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I'll bet that is expensive. Probably a $5 seal and $500 in labor.

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I'll bet that is expensive. Probably a $5 seal and $500 in labor.

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Unfortunately I’d just be doing the labor myself. I’ve just never seen such consistent damage. Both seals are broken the exact same way and axles aren’t leaking a drop. No idea how long they have been broken though

Look like they do next to nothing though, probably will leave them until I’m in there for something else and replace them then. Im guessing there is no way to just push them back in place without removing the axle.

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one thing they do is keep dirt from the bearings. dirty bearings tend to fail
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No, no, & NO!

Ignore it. I'd bet the majority of trucks our age look just like that. That seal is kind of useless anyway. There is so much movement at the tube end, from all the movement of an unsupported axle, the seal is always being deformed with large gaps even when new.

I think it's much more for keeping small stones from going into the tube when forging a stream than keeping out any "dust"

Seriously, your tube is full of dirt and rust that it's seal has always allowed in, I guarantee it! The gears and bearings are sealed internally and Not at the tube end...
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No, no, & NO!

Ignore it. I'd bet the majority of trucks our age look just like that. That seal is kind of useless anyway. There is so much movement at the tube end, from all the movement of an unsupported axle, the seal is always being deformed with large gaps even when new.

I think it's much more for keeping small stones from going into the tube when forging a stream than keeping out any "dust"

Seriously, your tube is full of dirt and rust that it's seal has always allowed in, I guarantee it! The gears and bearings are sealed internally and Not at the tube end...
Yea thatís what I was thinking it looked like. Iíll mess with it down the road if I pull the axle or hub for something else but leave it and just let it wiggle around in there.At least all loose on there itíll still stop the big rocks right lol.
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I haven't had those seals on mine for 5 years, no problems at all, its you inner axle seals that keeps the oil in.

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