Originally Posted by milkmania
First, I searched and found an old thread that didn't quite help my particular problem...
I'm needing to replace an axle seal... Google & YouTube make it look pretty straightforward.
I just want to make sure I'm not missing anything.
1) bust the 8 nuts loose, (catch the oil)
2) slide out axle hub & shaft (mark orientation)
3) remove old seal
4) install new seal
5) slide axle hub & shaft back in*
6) reinstall the 8 nuts
7) add new axle oil to fill hole on differential
8 ) wash hands, stand back and say "I did it"
9) take the oil to reclamation center.
There's no pulling wheels & tires?
No jacking up axle & tires?
No opening differential?
*No spline keyway?
(2) Yes. I don't think orientation even matters on most axles.
(3) Yes, on both mating surfaces.
(4) Yes. Some axles are hard to find seals for, using a silicone sealant will work too.
(5) Yes. No keyed splines on most axles.
(7) Yes, if any is needed. Probably won't be much, if so.
These steps are optional.
(9) If you have any. If clean, it could even be put back in the axle (Personally, I probably wouldn't bother).
You won't need to remove wheels or tires. No need to jack it up. No need to open up the differential (except to top off as needed when done).