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    So has anyone here replaced their axle seals? I need to replace my front drivers side (so I might as well replace both right?) however I do not want to be paying the $300+ (or w/e it would cost) to fix them, I'd rather do it myself. However, seeing that I have yet to get into an axle, I'd love to have someone help me that has already done this. I live in Portland and have the in-laws in the Seattle area. Is anyone here up to the task of helping me out and in payment, I'll provide pizza and the ?

    Thanks.

  • #2
    How much :14: ? For enough, sure I'll come up to portland.

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    • #3
      Somehow I'm thinking that I wouldn't be able to afford the kegs up kegs of beer that it would take you to get from OK, to Portland.

      Thanks though!

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      • #4
        Hell man, get your self a good write up, a full weekend, and do it yourself.

        Its really not difficult, but it is pretty time consuming. I suggest you buy at least 3 seals, in case you mess up one on the install. Here is a good write up, you don't have to do its exactly the way they do, but its very helpfull. MADXJ Axle Seals

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        • #5
          Originally posted by mattyj
          Somehow I'm thinking that I wouldn't be able to afford the kegs up kegs of beer that it would take you to get from OK, to Portland.

          Thanks though!
          Actually, I'm an engine mechanic for American Airlines so I could fly to Portland, or Seattle for free. However, once I get there I have been known to drink large amounts of alcohol related beverages.

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          • #6
            Actually, I'm an engine mechanic for American Airlines so I could fly to Portland, or Seattle for free. However, once I get there I have been known to drink large amounts of alcohol related beverages.
            hehe...very nice cruz.

            MSHarnett - I have thought about doing this and I most likely will, the only thing that somewhat bothers me is touching the diff, as I have heard that anything regarding the diff is very precise. I figure I might as well do both axle seals since I'll be in there.

            Thanks for the link harnett.

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            • #7
              Well really the only thing you do is remove the carrier. All you need to do is make sure you put everything back exaclty the way it came out. A good torque wrench is good to have too. And yes, deffinatly do both seals. Also, when your reinstall the axle shafts, make sure they are super clean, nothing on the shiny part, or else it'll wear out the seal again.

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              • #8
                For a cost of a 12 pack of beer you could get a Haynes repair manual. Ask for it in Autozone or Checkers.

                Good advise to get an extra seal. Go to Harbor freight and get a seal installer tool. They sell it for like 3 or 5 bucks. Yeah, they are not the best but good enough for what you'll need it for.

                Anyway, Haynes explains the whole procedure with pictures. Good luck!
                Last edited by Ray; 07-10-2005, 05:49 PM.

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                • #9
                  Well, I've already got my Haynes and when I looked for axle seals, it mentions that axle seals are a precise job and should be done by a "mechanic"

                  I'll just check out some online install write-ups and see where that takes me.

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                  • #10
                    go onto www.madxj.com 's tech section, they have a good wright up about it, pritty much follow their instructions. and, i would suggest getting a bolt thats the same dia and thread count as your hub bolts (well three actually) to pound the hub out if yours is stuck like mine were.

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                    • #11
                      This may be a bit late to post a comment as you may have already done the job, but to make inserting the seals a bit easier, put them in the freezer for about an hour before you do the install. Take one out at a time as needed. The cold shrinks the metal and helps the install.

                      As a note, installing seals on the inside of an axle is the most PIA seal install of all. If you have never done any seals and are short tempered, then DON'T do it.

                      I've over 40 years of wrenching, but when I did my first (and last) inner axle seals, never again. It tried every bit of patience I had.
                      I hope you have the fortune of the job going smoothly.

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                      • #12
                        Yea, I'm not sure what I'm going to do. I've heard that they can cost up to $300 to replace (one seal!) which is crazy expensive. I have a friend that used to be a mechanic that might help me do them. I have never done them before and yet, the cost of my time and patience might be cheaper than paying someone the money to do it. Unless of course I can find someone that will give me a fair price and does quality work.

                        This is the one thing I hate about all vehicles, repair work cost soooo much money. I mean, to pay someone to replace the seals is going to cost almost 50% of what I paid for the whole truck!!

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