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Old 02-25-2009, 08:27 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Front axle seal 3500

Hey ya'll. I gotta 96 3500. my driver side axle seal started to leak and a couple dodge mechanics said its about 6 hours labor and you need special tools. I replaces seals in older 60's in my and my buddies mud trucks and it didnt take but 3 hours and didnt need any "special" tools. Anybody done this before Thanks for your time
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99% of the time the seal is fine, problem is the differential is overfilled.
Spec is 3/4" below the bottom of the fill plug. I can guarantee it will eventually leak if filled to the bottom of the hole.
It may take up to 500 miles for the leak to stop after the correct level, it's just oil that made it past the seal and is trapped in the axle tube taking it's time to dribble out.

If you still feel the seal needs to be replaced here you go, it's not all that fun> http://dieselpowerman.tripod.com/Fro... Axle Tech.htm
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My man.. thats what i like to hear. A matter of fact i just changed the gear oil in itlast week. And I filled it to the bottom of the plug. 3/4 of an inch below?? I learn something new everyday..You just made my day!! Hell, you just made my week!!!!!!!!
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my passenger side went out and it wasnt bad. took bout an hour. I have heard that the drivers side is a pain in the butt! I dont think you need any special tools. just time.
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Thats what i was thinkin. special tools?? they said the seal is like a sleeve shape seal and you need some kinda special tool. he wanted to charge me 450 bux and its my dads buddy. I will be damned if i pay someone 450 if i can do it my damn self. ya know. I take alot of pride in doing my own wrenching. Sometime that same pride bites me in the tush too LOL
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99% of the time the seal is fine, problem is the differential is overfilled.
Spec is 3/4" below the bottom of the fill plug. I can guarantee it will eventually leak if filled to the bottom of the hole.
It may take up to 500 miles for the leak to stop after the correct level, it's just oil that made it past the seal and is trapped in the axle tube taking it's time to dribble out.

If you still feel the seal needs to be replaced here you go, it's not all that fun> http://dieselpowerman.tripod.com/Fro... Axle Tech.htm
Really? that doesn't sound right to me. correct me if I'm wrong, the seal is supposed to be tight around the axle shaft, if it is leaking cause it's too full that tells me that it is early warning signs of a bad seal. Is there something different about a Dodge D60 vs other dana axles?
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Really? that doesn't sound right to me. correct me if I'm wrong,
Read your owner's manual if you don't believe..
I can't count how many times I've fixed leaking axle seals with a suction gun.
The rear will leak also if overfull except the spec is 1/2" below the bottom of the hole.
It seems odd to me also.
At some point, not sure which year, maybe '98, Dana lowered the fill plug so that you can fill to the bottom.
Overfilling not only causes leaks but also causes the differentials to run hot.
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there is a tool to install the seals it makes it easier but you can do it without it drivers side is easy you just have to pull the carrier out to get to it after removing the axle shafts of course
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