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Hub seal.. ugghhh

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by 78Suburban, Oct 2, 2006.

  1. 78Suburban

    78Suburban 1/2 ton status

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    Well guys, when I did the disk swap I was told to replace the hub seals on my 14ff, so I bought 2 federal-mogul 2081 hub seals. It was very hard to get the seal out of the hub, I used punches, screwdrivers, vice grips, and a bit of explicit language. I drove the seal in evenly and decided it wasn't worth the trouble to replace the other one...

    This morning I looked and one of my rear tires was covered in gear oil.. got to looking and the hub seal THAT I REPLACED is leaking... really wish I had left it alone.. I may have scarred up the hub so that the seal doesn't seat properly.. guess I need to find a new hub or what?
     
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    take it back apart, & see if u scared it, if u did & it isn't bad smeer silicone on it & install a new seal. maybe not the right way but it does work. i have to do that on our dump trucks, dad is too cheap to replace the hubs.
     
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    I'm almost positive I scarred it thinking back.. the RVT fill in sounds like a good idea..
     
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    Yep, if your hub is scarred, I'd just hammer it in with a dab of RTV.
     
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    Might be worth the $$ to get one of these.
     
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    Ah yes, the speedi sleeve. I forgot to ask him what the spindle's seal surface looked like. But since it didn't leak earlier...

    Hey James, you didn't by chance install the seal backwards did you? It's pretty easy to do, I've seen seasoned vets do that before. If it goes in backwards, then it's real easy for the spindle to rip the spring out of the seal when you slide the hub on, then you won't be getting much of a seal. Seen it happen several times.
     
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    nah, I double and triple checked against the other hub, definitely not backwards...

    I'm thinking I really buggered that hub up, I mean, I got downright violent trying to get the old seal out.. I recal definite scarring, but didn't deem it relavent at the time..
     
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    Hmm, that doesn't sound good. Maybe try the old wheel and crowbar trick next time.
     

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