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Old 12-22-2015, 06:27 PM
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Rear Axle leaking..

So I have a 08 jk sahara with 96k miles on it. Changed the rotors and brakes the other day and noticed the seal on both ends of the rear axle are leaking diff fluid. No telling how long this has been building up in there because I checked the fluids and it is barely leaking because the fluid is still at almost at the fill hole. I also changed the diff fluid about 4500 miles ago.

First time going through this, so not 100% on the best way to go about this.

Is this what ill need to fix the leak? Yukon Gear Wrangler Rear Axle Bearing and Seal Kit AK D44JK (07-16 Wrangler JK) - Free Shipping

A friend of mine's mechanic quoted me 265$ if I buy the parts, for the entire install. How does that sound?

Again this territory is new to me so any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

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Old 12-22-2015, 09:37 PM   #2
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That seems to be about right in labor if his labor rate is 100.00 an hour.

Labor to remove the rear axle is an hour a side. So added labor to remove and install the seals and bearing is.325 of an hour per a side would get you 2.65 hours x 100.00 = 265.00

So, yea, that's about right.

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Old 12-22-2015, 09:44 PM   #3
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Are the jku seals pressed on like old TJ's???
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Old 12-22-2015, 10:46 PM   #4
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The seals on a JK rear axle are pressed on to the shaft. I'm not sure I would bother replacing the seals but look for some replacement shafts with everything pressed on. Keep the others for trail spares. You can do all the work yourself. The hardest part will be pulling the old shafts, but that can be done with a slide hammer easy enough.

I just bought a set of Ten Factory shafts for a Rubicon from Northridge 4x4 with everything pressed on for $460 on Black Friday.
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Old 12-23-2015, 05:43 AM   #5
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So if you have an 8 rear axle leak you either find a press, cutoff wheel on angle grinder or buy a full axle for 500.00 bucks? Mindblown
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I try not to be as short-sighted. Note, that my shafts were for a a Rubicon housing, not a Sport/Sahara which will be cheaper. You can likely get a set of G2s with everything pressed on for $350-$400.

Why in the hell would anyone spend $265 in labor, not counting parts, to fix a leaky seal? THAT blows my mind. And if you choose to try and do this yourself, one misstep with the grinder and .... well, you fill in the blank.

New shafts, new ABS tone rings, new seals, new bearings, plug and play and a couple of trail spares to boot - or sell them as trail spares to someone else. After all is said and done, you'll have two fresh non-stock shafts with a new 10 year warranty, and likely be ahead compared to paying someone to cut off the old bearing.
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Old 12-23-2015, 11:21 AM   #7
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+1 on throwing in new shafts. Easy job, almost the same cost and you can upgrade to 4340.
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New shafts didn't even cross my mind. Looks like that's the way I'll go. Upgrade for the same cost or maybe cheaper with a simple job. All day. Thanks everyone

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