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Rear axle seals, help

I have just discovered that my outer seal on the passenger side is leaking. On my 89 YJ would that be a c-clip or not? I do not have a press is there another way to get the bearing off? What really is involved to get the job done? Thanks
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Re: Rear axle seals, help

89 should be a semi floater axle, not a C-clip as long as it is the orginal setup.

The easiest way to get the bearing on if you dont have a press is to take it to a auto motive machine shop. They will be setup for doing it. They should do it for around 20 to 30 bucks.

The only other way to do it is to take a long piece of pipe and hammer the bearing on. Take out the wheel studs first though.

To get the bearing off, just cut it with a thin fiber wheel on a grinder. That is how most shops take them off anyway. Not worth the hassle of trying to press them off.
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Re: Rear axle seals, help

Thanks for the great idea about the pipe. It is always nice to go into a job with your eyes open.
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Re: Rear axle seals, help

I have a press and still cut them off.
Actually, I cut into the retaining ring, then split it with a chisel. Then I use a blunt bit in the air chisel to "push" the bearing off.

A press is the most civilized way to put them back on, but you can do it with a piece of pipe like pontiac58 said.

FWIW - mbalbritton made a pretty decent tool to press them on with. Basicly a thick wall pipe with some extra chunks of metal welded on to give it some mass.
Use it kinda like a slide hammer.

Maybe Brent will post a pic.
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Re: Rear axle seals, help

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Thanks for the great idea about the pipe.

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Make certain that the pipe fits the inner race ONLY of the bearing being pushed on, other wise you will trash a new bearing. [img]images/graemlins/blush.gif[/img]
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Re: Rear axle seals, help

I'l see if I can snap a picture at lunch. today... speaking of which it's about time for some.. [img]images/graemlins/spam4.gif[/img] [img]images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]


edit: Hey Bill, It's up at the shop with you. Should be in the tool box in the back of the CJ.
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I'l see if I can snap a picture at lunch. today... speaking of which it's about time for some.. [img]images/graemlins/spam4.gif[/img] [img]images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]


edit: Hey Bill, It's up at the shop with you. Should be in the tool box in the back of the CJ.

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Yep, it sure is.

Dang dewd. No wonder yor CJ5 is 27" lower in the back than the front.
You don't need springs - You got 900 pounds o'chit in the back.

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Here is a couple of bad pictures.
Different angles to help make out what you are looking at.


Brent's Bearing Tool

BA's Tool Another view
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Ya, it's got some weight, but that sure helps to hammer that bearing down. the square tube on the are there only for added weight. I just slide it over the axle shaft and use it like a slide hammer. Crude, but it works.
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I like that! I may have to make one myself. Thanks.

Could also double to beat the piss out of someone who decided they wanted your jeep [img]images/graemlins/AR15firing.gif[/img] [img]images/graemlins/tongue.gif[/img]
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