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Old 02-07-2011, 09:46 PM   #1
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Axel seal

Ok so I have a question. I havn't seen it for myself, this is just what the dealer told me. First off I have a 2004 LJ. I was getting the tires replaced and he said it's starting to show signs of a axel seal leak. Now he didn't bring me in the back to show me at all, and said it should be ok for awhile but if I start to see grease on the tire then to bring it immediatly. He said the cost to do both sides is like $900. How hard is this to do, and is he trying to rip me off?

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Old 02-07-2011, 11:32 PM   #2
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Involves taking the entire rotor out, bearings, and axle shafts. The seals keep the differential fluid from leaving and coming out of the axle tubes. Make sure you don't have too much fluid in there. Another possibility is the vent is stopped up. If the vent is stopped up pressure will build up and come out at the least resistance.

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Old 02-07-2011, 11:40 PM   #3
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He didn't sound too conserned when he told me. And I havn't seen any kind of leakage on my driveway at all or heard any metal on metal sounds coming from the axel.
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Old 02-07-2011, 11:51 PM   #4
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you should be able to get it done much cheaper at a drivetrain specialist, or just a good mechanic thats done a few of them. the work requires the removal of the carrier and axle shafts. which on a wrangler doesn't requre the removal of bearings or ujoints. the unit bearing comes out with the axle shaft(wich is simpler than it sounds), then all you have to do is remove the diff cover and then the carrier. but if you've never done this before just get somone with experience to do it. I know of shops that will do ring and pinion installs in both axles for less than 900. just my .02

but honestly, if you keep an eye on your gear oil its not that big of a deal unless its just pouring out. imho.
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Old 02-07-2011, 11:57 PM   #5
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Like I said it's snowing here in michigan and I havn't seen a drop of any kind of oil or grease on my driveway. I guess as long as it's not dripping out at all then it's not that bad.
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Old 02-07-2011, 11:58 PM   #6
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$900 to replace two axle seals? For the cost of two sets of SET-10 axle bearings, seals, and a couple hours (max) worth of labor, it should be less than half that amount.
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I live in Oregon and I got a 02 TJ and the dealer just told me the same thing. But we have a shop called Les Schwab that sells tires and does smaller mechanical jobs. They said they would do both rear seals and bearings for 310$ parts and labor.
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Old 02-08-2011, 09:10 AM   #8
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I had to my rear axle changing a tire found oil all over the tire pulled the shaft took about an hour had a machine shop press a new bearing and replace seal about $90 i was in calif on vacation. no special tool needed.

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