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Are you planning to replace your damaged factory rear Axle Seal? One of the telltale signs of a rear seal gone bad is gear oil leak. Such leak may find its way to your rear wheel and even to your drum brake, which could result in a reduced brake feel. Some of the most common causes of seal failures include plugged differential breather, worn wheel bearing, and bent housing or axle shaft. When your axle seals go bad, you should immediately replace them with direct-fit OE parts. Make sure to use the proper tools such as a seal driver set to avoid damaging the brand-new seals. Only by properly installing brand new axle seals can you finally say goodbye to nasty gear oil leaks and enjoy riding your prized car. Good thing you can easily grab the best Axle Seal here at Auto Parts Warehouse. Visit our parts catalog today to find the highest-quality products that are guaranteed to perform beyond your expectations. We guarantee non-stop customer support for your critical parts needs, secured purchases for your peace of mind, flexible payment choices for your utmost convenience, and express parts shipping for your immediate repair or replacement jobs. Get this premium-quality part from us today!

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Oil In, Contaminants Out: How to Install an Axle Seal

Axle seals serve a dual purpose: to lock in gear oil and to prevent contaminants from entering the transmission or differential system. With these seals in place, the gears and other components are protected against damage. Over time, axle seals may break or become worn out. Seal breaks happen when the axle is removed or replaced incorrectly, causing foul-smelling gear oil to leak out. If you notice a smell similar to rotten eggs coming from underneath your vehicle, then it's time for you to replace your axle seals.

Difficulty level: Moderate

Tools that you'll need:

  • Drain pan
  • Jack and jack stands
  • Wheel chocks
  • Lug wrench
  • Socket and wrench set
  • Seal puller/removal tool
  • Screwdriver

Step 1: Take off the wheel by loosening the lugs holding it in place. Next, jack the wheel up and position jack stands underneath to ensure it is properly supported. You may sit on the removed wheel while doing the replacement.

Step 2: Remove the brake drums to get to the axle. Unbolt it and slide it out. You may have to use a screwdriver to remove the axle if it is held in place by C-clips.

Step 3: Using a seal removal tool, pry out the torn seal from the differential. You can also do this by hand if there's no tool available.

Step 4: Fit a ring into the new seal's mount point. Make sure it is smaller than the seal for a snugger fit. Also, the solid part of the seal must be turned toward you to ensure oil will not leak out.

Step 5: Insert the new seal into the differential and tap it in using a hammer. Don't hit the new seal too hard or it might get deformed. If you're installing a soft rubber seal, you can just press it back using your fingers. Reinstall the differential cover and axle.

Once you've finished the installation, take your car out for a test drive to ensure proper differential movement. Installation can take about an hour or more for an average DIYer.

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