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Old 11-07-2015, 04:32 PM
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Rear wheel bearing/seal

I've got to change the rear wheel seal/bearing on one side, noticed a noise and a slight vibration, removed the wheel and found some oil, had some play in the shaft. Is it worth doing just the defective one or do both sides? I'm getting different results. Some say do the defective one, others say do both. Anything I need to look for?

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I'm getting different results. Some say do the defective one, others say do both.
And you came to an internet forum for a definitive answer?

Speaking of definitive, what axle do you have?

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And you came to an internet forum for a definitive answer?

Speaking of definitive, what axle do you have?
Lol, correction, I came to a web site dedicated to jeeps looking for feedback.
I've always changed only the defective one, which is probably what I will do in this case, but a few were stating I needed to do both if I were going to the trouble of doing one.
Not sure what the axle is, standard axle, nothing special. Just stock whatever came with it from factory.
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If a Dana 35, it somewhat makes sense to replace both seals, due to commonality of work. With a Dana 44, the two sides are independent and replacing both makes little sense. Make that NO sense.
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If a Dana 35, it somewhat makes sense to replace both seals, due to commonality of work. With a Dana 44, the two sides are independent and replacing both makes little sense. Make that NO sense.
I've got a Dana 35, so just making sure, is there a special tool needed for anything? Just remove the shaft and use a slide hammer to extract the bearings?

Trying to make sure before I dig in on this....
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Trying to make sure before I dig in on this....
Do yourself a big favor and dig up a service manual.
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same advice

The diff shop said the same to me about my dana 44. I had a leaking seal and they replaced the leaking side when they re-geared my 04 LJ.
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I've got a Dana 35, so just making sure, is there a special tool needed for anything? Just remove the shaft and use a slide hammer to extract the bearings?

Trying to make sure before I dig in on this....
You will have to drain the dif, remove the dif cover and the "c" clips to get the axles out.

You will need an internal bearing removal set to use with your slide hammer.

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