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Rear Axle Oil Seal Replacement


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To replace the oil seal in the axle tube, you only need to remove the halfshaft from the rear axle. The hub will come out with the halfshaft and there's no need to remove the hub from the halfshaft if you're only replacing the oil seal in the axle.

 

Removing the halfshaft from the rear axle requires 6 small bolts to be unscrewed from behind the axle end flange (the heads of the bolts face in towards the differential). The halfshaft should slide out after these are removed.

 

If you're replacing the oil seal in the bearing carrier, then you will need to pull the hub off the halfshaft (or press the halfshaft out of the hub). When I did this i had to take it to an engineering workshop where a 30T press was used to separate the hub from the shaft. The 'special' tool often isn't man enough from what i've heard.

 

Hope that helps.

 

PS - in case you don't know, the speedi sleeves referred to above are for repairing your halfshafts if they are worn or pitted at the inner seal rubbing point.

Edited by bigmalcy
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Forgot to mention that removing the axle tube seals themselves can be a pain and may require the use of an oil seal puller... and the 6 small bolts can be tight / worn / awkward to get at so it's one of those jobs that sounds simple but can end up taking time. Good luck!

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Traditionally Tr ists have removed the axle tube seals in the usual fashion - cold chisel and some serious blows to split them- leaving wonderful deep scars which promote even more oil leaks.

Whilst in England a few years ago I came across a wonderful tool (I think in Halfords) with what is best described as a parrots beak which enables you to remove the seals without any butchery.

I too have very recently gone down the SKF speedi sleeve route and have no leaks to report after 3 months

 

james

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Traditionally Tr ists have removed the axle tube seals in the usual fashion - cold chisel and some serious blows to split them- leaving wonderful deep scars which promote even more oil leaks.

Whilst in England a few years ago I came across a wonderful tool (I think in Halfords) with what is best described as a parrots beak which enables you to remove the seals without any butchery.

I too have very recently gone down the SKF speedi sleeve route and have no leaks to report after 3 months

 

james

Hi James,

Do you mean like this one Moss have on their ebay clearance?

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/OIL-SEAL-PULLER-MTR1002-/181219047624?pt=UK_Hand_Tools_Equipment&hash=item2a317f38c8

Cheers

Peter W

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