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Old 05-26-2010, 05:02 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Dana 60 front axle breaing and seal replacement?

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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?!

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you should have the aam 9.5 axle up front, not
a dana on the 03 model. and your talking about
the hub bearing ?
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Old 05-26-2010, 06:06 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Hi
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?
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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.
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yup, you'll need to pull the carrier, ring gear, axle,
etc.. to get to the axle seal.

the only bearing i can think of on the front is the
hub bearing..? is that the one your referring to ?
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Hi Does anyone happen to have a diagra of the axle so I can see which bearings and other components there are to fix?

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To replace the axle seals you have to pull axles then pull the the differential. After you pull the differential, you have to knock out the seals. Then press in the new seals with a Miller tool.

Once the new seals are in, you have to reset the backlash and carrier bearing preload. The tools needed are a dial indicator/ magnetic base and a recording torque wrench.

What makes you feel that a carrier bearing is bad? Do you have a growling sound or grinding sound?

Here are some PICS of the project ahead of you:

Remove the axles.


Mark the carrier bearing caps so they can be reinstalled in the exact same position.


Pull the differential.


Knock out the axle seals.


The axle seals after they have been removed.


Press in the new seals with the Miller tool.


Reinstall the differential then reset backlash.


Set carrier bearing preload.


After setting the backlash and carrier bearing preload, reinstall the axle shafts and unit bearings.
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ddoge - you make that job look like they
make the builds look on xtreme 4x4. a
couple of bends, use this torque wrench,
maybe weld something, then wah lah !
a rock buggy !

great pics though.
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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.

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Ps. While you are on aroll can you give more detail and pics of the backlash and preload procedure?
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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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Hi,

Thanks for the info I will check into it.

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what is the preload torque spec and backlash setting 2003 2500 hd
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