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skyhawkap 04-26-2013 11:25 PM

Differential leak help
First off... Thanks for all of the help so far! This is my first post however; many of you have helped me just by reading the responses to others.

I have a 97 TJ that I just got. I noticed today that the rear differential was leaking. I pulled the drive shaft and removed the seal. My question is with the shaft, seal and everything out... how much play if any should I have on the shaft. I'm trying to decide if I should and/or could replace the bearing (I think it is called the carrier bearing). I have the bearing but I'm not sure how I would go about removing the race of the old one or if I even should attempt.


umake 04-26-2013 11:30 PM

Where was it leaking? Could just be a bad RTV seal around the cover.

Was it the front or rear? The rear dana 35 plastic fill plug is notorious for leaking.

skyhawkap 04-26-2013 11:32 PM

It was leaking on the front side behind the universal joint.

And it is a 35.

SeVeReDiStOrTiOn 04-27-2013 12:49 AM

You have pinion seal leak and you're replacing the bearing? Is the rear end howling or something? I'd just replace the seal if a leak is your only problem.

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