Join Date: Apr 2002
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YJ - Replaced Axle Seal...new problem came up.
After taking 20 minutes to remove the wheel, caliper, and unbolt the axle from the tube I spent a good 4 hours messing around with two seals, one of which was the wrong size. [img]images/graemlins/cussing.gif[/img]
I finally got the seal replaced but now I have another new problem rear its ugly hed.
It's a Jeep thing....I know. [img]images/graemlins/wink.gif[/img]
What the new problem is though....is rather interesting.
The front axle acts like it has a locker or has been welded.
But it hasn't...with both front wheels off the ground, one spins forward and one spins backwards indicating an open differential.
What's happening is that during a tight left or right hand turn when I have the Posi-Lok engaged (transfer case selection doesn't matter), the front passenger wheel will buck around and slip and exhibit all characteristics of being on a locked front axle.
Here's a list of everything I did yesterday:
At the start of the project the YJ was in 2WD, Posi-Lok disengaged.
1) Removed passenger side wheel
2) Removed brake caliper and rotor
3) Removed the three 13mm bolts that hold the axle shaft assembly to the steering knuckle.
4) Removed the Posi-Lok from the vacuum shift motor housing.
5) Removed front differential cover (to change the gear oil in it).
6) Wiped remaining gear oil from shift motor housing and axle tube.
7) Discovered I had the wrong size seal, went back to Napa and got the right size.
8) Fought with the new seal for an hour or so before it was finally installed.
9) Installed front passenger side axle.
10) (Engaged Posi-Lok with it still literally hanging) Installed Posi-Lok making sure the shift fork meshed with the collar on the intermediate shaft.
11) Installed the three 13mm bolts to hold axle shaft to steering knuckle.
12) Installed rotor and brake caliper.
13) Installed wheel
14) Refilled vacuum shift motor housing with approx. 6oz of 80-90w gear oil.
15) Made RTV gasket on front differential cover, replaced cover.
16) Refilled front differential with approx. 1 3/4qt 80-90w gear oil.
17) Decided I needed new brake pads, went to parts store, came back installed new pads on both front wheels.
18) Went for test drive to check project success.
19) Made tight right-hand turn into my driveway and noticed that the front passenger wheel would stick, then spin, and repeat.
I'm really at a loss for good ideas on what would've caused this or how to remedy it.