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Rear Axle seal (Leve and other guru\'s)
I just finished installing a Superior one piece axle kit on my CJ-7 (running wide-track AMC20 in the rear). After a couple of days driving I noticed that the passenger axle seal was leaking. I called Superior and they say it's probably the inner seal.
So last night I pulled everthing apart and pulled the seal. It looked fine to visual inspection, and the shaft had no visible or tactile burs on it. The housing, raceways, and ends were a little nasty so I polished them up and cleaned it all very well.
So my quandry is this I want to put it back together now, but I want to make sure I get it right (pulling this thing is something of a PITA).
1) Should I put a little RTV around the inner seal to make sure it seals properly to the housing?
2) Superior says that the outer seal will not make any difference for this type of stuff, since it is designed to keep stuff OUT. In order to changet this, I would need to have the existing bearings cut off and new ones pressed back on. The bearings SEEM fine. Should I even be worrying about this part of it, and should I spend the money to get the new parts (Leve, I'm hoping your frugal nature will save me from this)?
Any assistance or insights appreciated....
'83 CJ-7 nothing original but the tub and axle tubes