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 Outer Axle Tube Seals and the Rust Belt « View previous topic :: View next topic » 
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IAJeeper
PostPosted: Tue Apr 10, 2007 6:30 am    Post subject: Outer Axle Tube Seals and the Rust Belt Reply with quote

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Joined: 03 Sep 2006
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Location: Eastern Iowa

Anyone from the rust belt attempt to install axle tube seals?

I changed out the axle u-joint this weekend and thought these seals were a good idea.

That is until I realized that after 10 years in Iowa, the inside end of the axle tube was not 100% round anymore. Even after some use of the dremel, the were not going to go in w/out using a board and a hammer. Not a good idea.

I gave up and ordered those worthless plastic things from the dealer yesterday.
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Scotty355
PostPosted: Tue Apr 10, 2007 8:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Location: Freeland Pa.

I have never changed the axle tube seals in my jeep but I have changed them in other vehicles. the seals are made to fit tight in the bore to prevent leakage around the outside of the seal, a board and a hammer will work or careful use of a drift will also work, If you have never changed seals before I would suggest buying 2 or 3 extras because you might bend up 1 or 2 before getting one in correctly. You can usually return the unused ones to the auto parts store for a refund.

Maybe helpful tip: ensure the seal is perfectly alligned with the tube, not crooked and use many small taps, do not be in a hurry as a hard hit will twist the seal in the tube and possibly distort it out of round
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