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Old 04-26-2006, 05:55 PM
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How bad is this?

Here are some pics, just wandering what I will be getting into if anyone has ever messed with this?





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Are you talking about your axle seal being out? If so, your seal is on the inside of the axle tube, just before the pumkin. You will have to break the pumkin open, drain the fluid, and then replace the seal, from the inside of the differential.

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Old 04-26-2006, 06:42 PM
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So are you saying the seal is all the way up by the pumpkin and not right there by the wheel?
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That is correct, it is on the differential end of the tube.
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Old 04-26-2006, 09:45 PM
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Wow so how hard of a project is this? And roughly how much money am i looking at?
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That I could not tell you. I had two wheel seals that went bad on me last summer after wheeling in Colorado for 10 days. I was lucky, and had the dealership replace them for free when I got back home. The Jeep was, and is, still under warranty.
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Wow! Deja Vu like crazy. Exact same thing on my 95. EXACT. Yeah...I took the wheel off and got all the way down and did it myself. But I'm gonna warn you. Its not easy. The hardest part is definitely seating the new seal. You'll need an 1 3/4" socket to seat it(you'll need that socket to get a nut off the wheel anyways). But yes I did mine, and yes it still does leak. My outer axle had a ream on it from wearing on the metal part of the old seal and I think thats the deal. But I know how to do it now and it slowed down the leak enough to keep oil in there. :-\ Anyways, you won't need to take the diff cover off. Your oil level has already probably leaked low enough. This job is easiest with the axle out from under the jeep and with the carrier out. But I did it, so it can be done. OH YEAH! I saw that they make outer axle seals for a D30. Might wanna look into those as they would no doubt be easier to replace and last longer. You could leave that old seal in there.
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I am curious yjswampthing, how did you get the carrier out, without removing the diff. cover? Or did you push the bearing all the way through the outside of the tube?
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Ok, I have been in touch with some mechanics about this. If that is the passenger wheel seal that is leaking, the seal is right at the actuator. Pull the axle shaft out of the tube, unbolt the actuator housing, and replace the seal just inside the tube outward of this position. If it is the drivers side seal that went out, you will have to pull the axle out, and remove the diff. cover, and carrier, and the seal is right there on the right, looking at the open end of the diff. I did not take it being a 95 model into consideration. Sorry about that.

Excuse my questioning you yjswampthing, but you are correct, if it is on the passenger side of the vehicle. At least you made me research it further, and come up with the right answer.....lol
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pull the CAD, the seal is on the outboard side of it. You'll have to pull the passenger side outer axle shaft, and possibly the inner. you can get the new one in using a slide hammer and avoid having to pull the carrier. if you dont have a slide hammer, just pull the carrier and get a long rod all the way from the drivers side axle tube to knock it in. when you put the shafts back in, be careful not to re-screw it up. they're a little touchy.
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Well thanks for all the info. I am going to tear into it tomorrow. I will let you all know how it turns out.
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Yeah mine was the passenger side. Is yours? I can't really tell if the pic is from the front or the rear and which side it is. But yes, I did my passenger side without removing the carrier. Used a crowbar to pry on the huge socket to seat the seal. As I said, mine STILL leaks, but I believe it to be my axle shaft. I'll get around to doing it again one day, should be easier second time around, right? But definitely look into those tube seals I mentioned, they would make this job much easier.
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Old 04-28-2006, 08:23 PM
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Well I got it done. The taking it out was simple but putting that sucker back in there was a heck of a time. Hopefully I didnt screw it up to much to where it will still leak.

The part that you take off to get to that seal, how does it work? What does it do? I never knew that the axle was split like that. So just curious.

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