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post #1 of (permalink) Old 02-13-2003, 06:58 PM Thread Starter
 
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Inner axle seals

Hey, is there an "easier" way to install inner axle seals. I went to install them today, but there isnt enough room in there to do anything.
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Re: Inner axle seals

I made my own little press for these. It is made out of 1/2" plate steel cut to fit inside the housing on top of the journals. I drilled and tapped a 3/4" hole and install some all thread on it with nuts. I find the appropriate size socket to fit the seal and bolt that to the end. Get it in place turn the double nuts and it presses them into place. It is still kinda hard starting them but the little contraption works well. Do not have a digital camera but I think you get the idea. About $2 in parts and some time. Build it once and it is yours for life. Good luck.
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Re: Inner axle seals

I started the seal with easy tapping. Then turned my spindle nut socket around, placing the flat end against the seal. Ran a wooden dowel down the opposite side axle tube, into the spindle nut socket and tapped on the other end of the dowel, driving the seal in straight. Fast and easy.

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Re: Inner axle seals

I was able to do ONE side with a socket and wooden dowel thru the opposite axle tube. But once you have one side in, you cant do the other.
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Re: Inner axle seals

Curious, why not? The dowel fits through the seal opening fine, right? Or do you need a smaller in diameter, or perhaps longer rod, if you are coming from the long side? Broomstick worked fine for me [img]images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img]
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Re: Inner axle seals

What's with all the contraptions?[img]images/graemlins/crazy.gif[/img]

tap it in to get it started, then take a large socket... 2" or so or anything of the likes and tap it in by working the edges. just slide the socket around the circumfrence and tap tap tap it in. easy as pie... just make sure you get it fully seated or the bearing will stick out too far.
no need to make a simple thing so difficult, all though the press idea is pretty cool [img]images/graemlins/wink.gif[/img]
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Re: Inner axle seals

Because you can't get a hammer inside the front diff housing. Mopar has a special tool that pushes against both seals at the same time to install them. The front axle seals also take quite a bit of force to get them properly seated. A long piece of all thread, a couple of large washers and a socket usually works.
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Re: Inner axle seals

That's the way I used to do it and I got tired of having to buy 3 because I always muck up one!! Also had some leak on me and I end up doing it all over again. Had some steel laying around and some all thread and a drill press. I would never look back now. Since I have made this thing, none have leaked and I haven't mucked one up yet. It is really easy to build but whatever works works.
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