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I have a leaking seal on my 2003 3500 and want to replace the seal and bearing myself. the Hanes repair manual says special tools required so I should take it to a dealer. Anybody ever replace these before? What tool would I need to avoid the dealer cost?!
Ok I guess I got bad info on the axel brand . I am losing gear lube from the axle so it needs a new seal in the axle it's self and it likely needs a new bearing to. Isn't the hub bearing out past the axle seal etc?
Front axle seal replacement is difficult to do without the press tooling from mopar. It can be done but difficult you have to pound the seal in the tube with a long pipe and seal driver though the opposite side. Diff needs to come out. Check axle joints to they may have the axle flopping around causing the seal to leak.
Hey dodge 3500 Thanks, those pics will be a help. I have a prett good gear lube leak on the rt side and an occasional growl from the area of the truck when accel/deceL so that makes me think a bearing up there is going.
Ps. While you are on aroll can you give more detail and pics of the backlash and preload procedure?
Actually the best way to learn to check backlash and rotational torque is to watch a video of it being done. The reason is that it is kind of complicated to explain and difficult to visualize using a worded description.
I recommend a DVD by Paul Zank entitled "Differential Rebuilding." In addition to setting up ring and pinions, it will show you how to correctly set up the dial indicator to correctly read the backlash. It will also show you how to read rotational torque. This is absolutely one of those cases where watching the video is worth a thousand words.
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