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I have a 2005 LJ Rubicon and my front axle seals seem to be leaking. I have read on a few other threads about replacing them but after reading all the other threads I am now more confused. These are my questions. They might seem stupid but after reading the other threads I just need some clarification.
1. For the front axle do I need bearings or just the seal?
2. For the front axle do I need a press to get the seal and/or bearing off?
3. I was going to go with Spicer for the front seal. Any other good brands?
4. For the front axle do I need to remove the Diff cover and gears?

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1. For the front axle do I need bearings or just the seal?

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Just the seals. The bearings are pressed on to the differential/carrier.

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2. For the front axle do I need a press to get the seal and/or bearing off?

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Not a press, but a broomstick, a 36mm socket, and a big hammer are useful.

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3. I was going to go with Spicer for the front seal. Any other good brands?


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Spicer is probably your safest bet to not have to do this again in the near future.

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4. For the front axle do I need to remove the Diff cover and gears?

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Yes. The seals are just outside the carrier bearings and are pressed into the housing.

Install is identical to the Dana 30. The carrier shims will fall out. Absolutely do not mix these up or else you will ruin the ring and pinion. The Rubicon 44 needs special care given to the locker plunger sensor. Use a piece of toothpick on a string to hold the plunger open while you reinstall the carrier. If you don't do this you can ruin the locker. The Rubicon locker cannot be repaired. Good luck! :)
 
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