Re: Help: Eaton Axle Shaft Removal
before disassembly, check to see if their i any play in the rear bearings, can you rock the wheels top to bottom or move them in and out?
if so you probably have a bearing issue.
first jack the buss up and support the weight on the frame with the proper support, then jack the axle up enough to just lift the tires off the gound.leave the tires on the brakedrum.
put the nuts back on the studs to protect the threads and then get your biggest 12 or 16 lb hammer, wind up and hit the center of the axle shaft, you need to hit it hard enough that the flange distorts inward momentarly this will eggshape the tapers in the flange and release the tapered wedge washers, put a pan in the wheel to catch the gearlube that is goiung to run out, then remove the nuts, put a screwdriver into the slots of the tapers and twist to expand and remove them. pull the axle shaft, spin the wheels and listen for bearing noise, start looking for a reason that the seal failed, are the bearings bad or loose?
look for the tab washer that locks the axle nuts together and bend the tab out of the way, remove the outer nut and the tab washer, loosen the inner nut, jack up the axle end enough to slip apiece of sheetmetal large enough to slide the tire and drum assembly on under the tires, slime the sheelmetal up with grease or dishsoap and let the jack down so that the tires just sit on the slime sheet, remove the inner nut, slide the tire/drum assembly out and replace the seal and clean up the brakes etc. reassemble in the reverse order, use caution and care so you don't damage the new seal.
look closely at the seal and axle tube to determine why the seal was leaking, if the tube has a groove in it from the old seal, their should be a sleeve and seal assembly available to install over the groove in the tube.