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Old 04-21-2014, 09:32 PM   #1
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What did I do?

So I made it to the Moab Jeep Safari this last week and when I left the Jeep was working perfectly. I got home late last night to find this:
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Now I know it is a seal leak on the driver's side, but what I want to know is how could this have happened? The bearings and seals on this axle were replaced about 8 months ago with Timken everything. Could a bent axle flange cause this? What else could have caused this? I know someone has dealt with this before so please help me.

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Old 04-21-2014, 09:48 PM   #2
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Sometimes the seal just leaks with no other damage. Unfortunately you'll also have to replace the bearing and bearing retainer to replace the seal. Smear a bead of Mopar RTV or Permatex Gear Lube RTV around the seal's perimeter before seating the axle shaft.

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Old 04-21-2014, 11:48 PM   #3
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Thanks Jerry. I just wanted to make sure I did not have some type of other problem with the axle before I replace the seal and bearing. Never thought about RTV around the seal perimeter, but will do that when I replace the seal and bearing.
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Old 04-23-2014, 12:36 AM   #4
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Did you change your gear oil to a heavy weight like 85-140 instead of 75-90. I went with the heavier weight once and blew two sets of seals before I realized that heavier weight was probably building to much pressure. Changed back to 75-90 and haven't had a problem since then. Hope that helps, that worked for might not be your issue!
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Heavier viscosities like 85W-140 are common and completely acceptable without causing seal issues. That's what I run in my axles.
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Like I said worked for me might not be his issue, I also have a pretty heavy foot and have been known to be hard on the equipment lol!

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