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Spindle seal or inner seal??

Noticed some splatter drops on the passengers side wheelwell, looked underneath and sure enough, theres gear oil leaking.
SO, did a search on here, which of course made even more questions and really helped very little.....

IS it the inner axle seal?? I checked the pumpkin juice, and its right at level still.... For how long I dont know.

By the way, I realize it probably isnt the spindle bearing seal, but since Im not totally positive...

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Wow, you guys are all over it.

I found out its the axles seals, next to the pumpkin, bleah, looks like Ill be disassembling ye olde front drive axle soon. Flippen axle seals are rather pricey here..

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my real axle seal is leaking gonna have to fix it on monday

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there is a dust seal at the end of the axle and one down inside the diff put a pint of lacqure thinner in it cool and drive about 2 miles with the hubs locked and it will swell the seal

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there is a dust seal at the end of the axle and one down inside the diff put a pint of lacqure thinner in it cool and drive about 2 miles with the hubs locked and it will swell the seal
I hope yer not bsin me, cause Im gonna do it till I can get the time to fix it proper, which wont be for at least two more weeks. Its started to seep even more now.

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Steve wouldnt tell you to do something that would hurt your truck . Next time post some more info on your , like year make and model . Specify 4x4 or not and which axle . If you know the make of the axle that wouldnt hurt either (dana 50 or dana 60
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Yes, if its gear oil its the inner axle seals, there is only grease in the hubs. If its not a bad leak, I'd leave it alone because its a lot of work to pull the axle shafts and carrier to change those seals. If you do change the seals, get the Ford kine, they are much better than the aftermarket seal designs I've seen. Order ahead of time from a place like directfordparts.com and save a lot of $$$ over dealer costs. I bought mine last minute at the dealership for cost+rape after I found the seals included in my install kit were wrong.

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Apologies. Tis a Dana 60 drivers side drop(RC) HP with ball joints not kingpins, 3.73 gearing. The laquer thinner thing seems to work at least in part. I did it this morning, but didnt fit quite a whole pint in. More like 2/3rds of a pint.... Cleaned up the spattering and ooze so I could gauge how much its still leaking. Drove a couple of three miles with the hubs locked up, and then a round trip of about 60 miles, and gosh darned if it didnt significantly slow the seepage! Didnt stop it, but its not spattering and oozing near as much as it was. YAY! Thanks Camo! Nice trick! And thanks cartmanea as well for the link. I guess 114k on the original seals is good enough.... I think Im going to do the ball joints as well since Ill have to basically disassemble the whole dang thing anyways. Wheee!

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When you pull the axle stubs out, if you don't want to replace the $60 hub seals, remove them this way. Instead of driving them out from the backside with a punch like the manual states, use a large pry-bar between the axle tube and u-joint to pull the axles out with the hub seals still intact. And for what its worth, driving around with lacquer thinner in your differential is a very bad idea, just my opinion. There wouldn't be sufficient lubrication between the ring and pinion and it could cause scarring on the gear surface.

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what kind of special tools are needed for this job (such as seal drivers, spreaders or pullers) anyone have a write up on this job.

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