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Inner axle seal on dana 44

Hi, I just got the front axle set up and after 1 time of wheeling I noticed that the milky gear oil was leaking out of the driverside axle seal. How the water got in is what I am confused about. It was either that the inner seal wasn't seated right when the mechanic put the gears in or the hose with the check valve on it.

Anyhow to change that seal I am going to have to pull both shafts, remove the bearing caps and pull the whole unit, then once the old seal is removed I can tap it in with a hammer? So just basic tools will get the job done or is there something I can rent from VIP? thanks Mike
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Re: Inner axle seal on dana 44

That's the procedure. If you don't have a vent hose running up to the top of the grill behind the headlight, that's probably where the water got in.
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Re: Inner axle seal on dana 44

No I have that hose on the top of the diff with a check valve on the other end, the only thing I an think of is the c-clamp on it isn't that tight. I didn't sit in water though just drove through it for a little while.

Anyhow before I go through all the trouble to change the seal that has been in for 300 miles, does anyone think that since the water thinned out the gear oil and was overfilled the pressure just made it leak? and that If I drain it, clean it out and put the right amount of new gear oil in that it will be fine? Or is this just a long shot. thanks Mike
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Re: Inner axle seal on dana 44

Wheel I was hoping that wold be the case, somehow a lot of water got in fast and it has to be that the seal was never installed right.
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Re: Inner axle seal on dana 44

I've changed my axle seals on my dana 30 front. It took most of a day but it's not hard. Just make sure you reinstall your diff bearing caps exaxtly where they came from.
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