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Old 11-07-2010, 03:22 AM   #1
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Question Axle seal leaking.....again!

Hey Jeepers!

I have an 08 Rubicon Unlimited which just had the right side axle seal fixed last year at the end of August. We haven't really done much off-roading but racked up about 50,000 kms in just over a year. While changing my tires (trying out Federal Couragia MTs') it was noticed by my off-road shop that the same axle seal was leaking again!

Off to the dealership I went to do a few things. There was a transmission sensor recall for JKs and I was getting the "death wobble".

After refusing to honour the warranty on the work, the customer service manager tried to bone me with an $860 estimate and told me that they may have been able to justify doing the work under their warranty if I had been going to them more for servicing. I know. Sort of gives the term customer service a whole new meaning.

Anyways, I kindly told him that I could get it done at another shop for $250 and continued to go about the business with the recall stuff.

This is when it got interesting. While doing a diagnostic, they goofed and somehow fried my entire ECU module. Needless to say, they had to replace it and it cost them a few bucks and a lot of negative publicity.

I'm wondering if there is a good seal that we should be using instead of the stock. Should I be thinking of upgrading to heavier axles too?

Looking forward to some opinions.

Thanks!

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Old 11-07-2010, 07:43 AM   #2
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Not sure about your problem, but welcome to the forum!

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Old 11-07-2010, 08:05 AM   #3
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First, welcome to the forum.

I saw your post in the other thread and was going to "fix" it for you but you got to it before I had a chance. I guess you figured it out.

Axle seals aren't a common problem that I have been hearing about on the forum. This leads me to believe that they usually last a long time. My advice to you would be to have it fixed by the mechanic willing to do it for the cheaper price and if it goes again, I would be trying to find out what is causing the pre-mature wear. You should bring it to the attention of the mechanic that this will be the third seal and have him inspect the seal surfaces to make sure there is no problems.
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Old 11-08-2010, 09:06 AM   #4
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My axle started leaking at like 13000 miles. Took it to the dealer and they said that it was because the spider gears were too tight (no idea what that means). They fixed it under warranty after 3 days because it apparently needed an entire new carrier assembly (again, no idea what that is). not sure if this is what is causing your issues though.
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Old 11-29-2010, 08:02 PM   #5
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In my opinion you can't really get a better seal than the dealer. Sure there are good aftermarket seals, but the factory uses top notch seals because they have to warranty them.

You can have one of two problems. Either the mechanic screwed up the seal when it got installed or as the other poster said you have bad mating surfaces of which I believe the mechanic should have caught. You should get more than a year out of the seal. I believe they should warranty it regardless of how much you take it to them. There is nothing serviceable on the seal, so even if you took your Jeep in for all of the oil changes to the dealer, it would have no bearing on the seal leaking again. Sorry you are having troubles with your dealer.
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Old 11-29-2010, 08:04 PM   #6
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Huh, I guess they sell jeeps with Transaxles in canada-whoda thunk !!

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Old 11-30-2010, 02:14 AM   #7
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Hey Jeepers!

Thanks very much for all your comments....except for Jimbox's. lol.

I elected to bring my Jeep down to Calgary to have it worked on by my brother-in-law's 4x4 and jeep fanatics. Seems that they want to beef it up and throw on some heavy duty components and they'll work for beer.

On other issues, just sold my Hypertech Max Energy to a guy with a Grand Cherokee with a hemi and installed a Superchip Flashpaq.

He's happy with his results and I'm pretty impressed with the increase in power. I just installed the performance quick program and so far so good! I can honestly say, it left the Hypertech in the dust in all areas.

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