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post #1 of (permalink) Old 08-12-2001, 07:12 PM Thread Starter
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Haynes manual isn\'t helping

I doubt the chiltons would help much more, but if it does please let me know. I am working on my 97 K1500. The differential seal on the front driver's side is leaking right there where the stub axle with the CV flange on it comes out. If you get under there and try to move the CV/stub axle assembly it moves up and down about 1/8". The other side doesn't do this. This makes me believe that the bearing is bad and the looseness made the seal go out. Well now you know what is wrong. I may be able to figure it out, but I need to know the correct way to pull the seal and bearing out and install new ones(I don't want to break the alumnium case). Thanks for any info!

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been there, done that. I just bought a '95 with the same problem, upon tearing it out, I find the problem is inside. To remove the stub axle, raise the truck(put a jack under the control arm), remove the left front wheel. unbolt the axle shaft from the flange and remove the large nut on the end of the axle, the axle should slide down and out(you may have to unbolt the bottom of the shock and move it out of the way)the axle can then be taken out and set aside. the axle flange is held in place by a ring in a groove in the axle shaft inside the housing, a bar or screwdriver between the flange and housing should pop it free, it will then slide out. the bearing is in the end of that tube behind the seal. pry out the seal. I would use a slide hammer type puller to pull the bearing out. in my case the bearing and axle were fine. the play is caused by a worn out side gear/differential cage inside the differential. if your bearing is ok, look inside the axle tube, inside you will see the splines that engage the axle shaft, using a screwdriver put light pressure inside those splines, if it moves up and down that is your problem. it allows the axle to rock inside the bearing, giving you the freeplay at the end of the axle.I didn't tear my differential completely apart yet to see the exact cause, I wanted to find the parts first, but haven't been able to do so as yet. Good luck

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Re: Haynes manual isn\'t helping

get a chilton's

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