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Question Leaking Axle Seals

Has anyone had their factory axle seals go bad? I just upgraded my tires and replaced my axle seals and hub bearings at the dealership.

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post #2 of 18 Old 05-11-2011, 08:24 AM
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I had the driver front inner seal leak after I broke an axle-shaft (probably dirt got in there). Replaced both of them when I was in there. They're only $13 each at the dealer.
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I had my ball joints replaced under warranty. My driver's side front seal leaked after that, dealership replaced it, it's leaking again! Pisses me off, I may have a faulty hub bearing or something (all of a sudden), but I don't think so...

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on my 2 door i had a front drivers side leaking after a day of running in mud and water

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Interesting to see so many front drivers side seals going bad as it is usually the passenger side which goes first. Take a look at how much the axle shaft moves horizontally when you turn and you'll see why it happens.
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Interesting to see so many front drivers side seals going bad as it is usually the passenger side which goes first. Take a look at how much the axle shaft moves horizontally when you turn and you'll see why it happens.
Still pretty pathetic we've been making solid front axles for the better part of 40 years? Still can't get the damn things to seal.

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We replaced both inner seals on my old 44 for the guy thats buying them, it was a bitch! thats with the axle out from under the jeep.

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Yes, my pass side went bad 2 months after my gears were changed and lift installed. Then went bad again 2 days later. Had them done again and installed the superior axle seals at the end too. Havent had another problem yet.

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My passenger side just decided to go out one day. Replaced both myself, not extremely difficult and they are pretty cheap seals to pick up.

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Still pretty pathetic we've been making solid front axles for the better part of 40 years? Still can't get the damn things to seal.
I don't disagree.

The other common cause seems to be after a gear install, when they put the passenger side shaft back in the seal can easily be damaged, especially if they don't use the little plastic cog spacer things.
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My passenger side just decided to go out one day. Replaced both myself, not extremely difficult and they are pretty cheap seals to pick up.
Yup the seals are dirt cheap and easy to install, although it usually takes a couple of hours.
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Yup the seals are dirt cheap and easy to install, although it usually takes a couple of hours.
When u say easy did you use the tool? Or what method did you use to seat the seal?

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When I did mine I used a long extension bar with a socket that fit around the axle seal & beat it in through the axle tubes. That made sure it didn't go in crooked.

I saw one of these on the forums somewhere, and if I had to do it again, I think I would try that out.

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I used a wooden broom handle and a 1 1/4 socket. Smack them out from one side and tap them in from the other. The hardest part was simply taking everything apart to get to the seals. As Phil said, it can be done in a few hours with basic hand tools.

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I have some aluminum seal/race drivers and I just used one of those and a hammer to seat them, they went in easy enough. I just used Schedule 40 PVC I had lying around to knock them out, and that was easy too.
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Yep. My passenger front seal was shot on my two door Rubi at 20k miles.

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passenger front 11k miles, stock. dealer said will only take a day - was gonna get down there today but didn't have time.
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Yes, my pass side went bad 2 months after my gears were changed and lift installed. Then went bad again 2 days later. Had them done again and installed the superior axle seals at the end too. Havent had another problem yet.
How much did the Superior axle seals cost? And I just upgraded to BFG KM2 35x12.5R17. Should I consider upgrading my axle shafts as well?

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