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Old 09-04-2012, 05:56 PM   #1
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Oil ALL OVER The Inside Of Back Left Wheel??

This is the inside of my back left wheel...
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As you can see, there is a great deal of oil being slung around in there. I'm not sure how visible it is in the photo, but there are thin streaks of oil running from the oil leaking at high speeds!

Any ideas on the cause?

Thanks, guys!

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Old 09-04-2012, 06:03 PM   #2
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Looks like a wheel seal to me.

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Old 09-04-2012, 06:06 PM   #3
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Yup, axle seal. I've got the same issue.
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Old 09-04-2012, 06:13 PM   #4
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Hmm... so I just dont have the facilities to do this one my self. How much might it cost to get that fixed on a Dana 44 Rear Axle?
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Old 09-04-2012, 06:14 PM   #5
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I was going to do mine myself until I got a price of $75 from the local 4x4 shop. It was worth it to me to have him do it for that price as opposed to me taking half of my Saturday up.
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Old 09-04-2012, 06:25 PM   #6
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Axle seal isnt a hard fix, but if you dont have the tool or time 75 isnt bad. The seal is only like $7.00.
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Old 09-04-2012, 07:16 PM   #7
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It would be a good time to replace your brake shoes too. If you take it to a shop they will probably make you replace them. Brakes dont grab as good when they are saturated with gear oil. So i would almost count on a brake job also.
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Old 09-04-2012, 07:33 PM   #8
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Take a good look at the wheel cylinder for that wheel and check your brake fluid too, just to be on the safe side.

Another clue would be the smell of the oil. Does it smell kind of rancid? That'll tell whether it's gear lube or brake fluid.
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Take a good look at the wheel cylinder for that wheel and check your brake fluid too, just to be on the safe side.
have you noticed any difference in the feel of your brakes? mine was feeling different for a while-just a little more pressure to stop over time. then one of the rear cylenders blew completely on the way to work-no brakes. glad i had a manual tranny and the emergency brake. wheel cylenders or seals-either one is fairly easy/simple/cheap to do.
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Old 09-04-2012, 08:30 PM   #10
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Usually drum brakes will tend to lock easier if they are soaked in gear oil.
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Old 09-04-2012, 08:54 PM   #11
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have you noticed any difference in the feel of your brakes? mine was feeling different for a while-just a little more pressure to stop over time. then one of the rear cylenders blew completely on the way to work-no brakes. glad i had a manual tranny and the emergency brake. wheel cylenders or seals-either one is fairly easy/simple/cheap to do.
Brakes are OK, but I have no e-brake. I tightened the shit out of it yesterday, but it didn't help a whole.lot.

$75 to fix, huh? The first place I called told me $697... I was still laughing when I hung up. Second place told me $250... I told him I'd call him back.
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The seal is only like $7.00.
On a Dana 44, you can't replace the $7 seal without destroying $40 worth of bearings.

Including new parking brake shoes and fasteners, parts are going to be around $120; labor of 1-2 hrs.

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Brakes are OK, but I have no e-brake.
You will find that your parking brake shoes are soaked in gear oil.
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On a Dana 44, you can't replace the $7 seal without destroying $40 worth of bearings.

Including new parking brake shoes and fasteners, parts are going to be around $120; labor of 1-2 hrs.

You will find that your parking brake shoes are soaked in gear oil.
You should have to destroy anything, atleast with my 8.8 you just pull the old seal out, and press the new one in
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You should have to destroy anything, atleast with my 8.8 you just pull the old seal out, and press the new one in
See post #4. Pay special attention to the part that says DANA 44 rear axle.
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Old 09-05-2012, 09:43 PM   #15
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You should have to destroy anything, atleast with my 8.8 you just pull the old seal out, and press the new one in
With a D44 you have to pull (or cut off) the wheel bearing & collar to get to the seal. You then press a new bearing/collar set on. They cost about $40.
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With a D44 you have to pull (or cut off) the wheel bearing & collar to get to the seal. You then press a new bearing/collar set on. They cost about $40.
X2 I just recently did both of my rear axle seals And bearings they have to be pressed or cut off a new ones pressed on. The off-road shop i called quoted me $400 parts an labor both sides. Its acually pretty easy hardest part was removing the old bearing and seal. Bearings are about $40 each and seals about $20 each. Just make sure to get a few cans brake cleaner an clean all the fluid an gunk off everything.. Any questions just ask..
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Old 09-06-2012, 05:43 AM   #17
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One thing I forgot to tell you is get Timkin set 10's bearing. Dont buy the cheap ones or you will have this same problem in the near future...
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Old 09-07-2012, 04:26 PM   #18
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Well then, I would invest in a bearing slide hammer

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