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Short life on wheel seal??

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by jwduke, Mar 8, 2004.

  1. jwduke

    jwduke 1/2 ton status

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    Any ideas why a rear wheel seal, would die in a few hundred miles? I thaught I was really careful installing it.
     
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    well what gave out on it? is it possible the axle shaft is bent or has some surface imperfection that ate the rubber part of the seal? or did the housing of the seal spin inside the axle housing?
     
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    I used emery cloth on the area where it runs.....
     
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    The surfaces on both sides of my rear axle have seen better days and the new seals i put in 18 days ago started leaking 16 days ago(I didn't drive it 17 days ago).
     
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    i just noticed its a 14bff...

    we had the same problem on chevy4wd's truck.. for some reason the timken seals wouldnt last.. put a chicago rawhide in it, and its fine.. what brand seals are you running, hubs staying tight??
     
  6. jwduke

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    Humm, they were Timkin seals, I got 'em at O'Rellys.
     
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    well, iirc, timkens have a warranty.. so get it replaced, then trade it out for a different brand.. see if that works..
     
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    did u put any gear lube on the seal before you installed it?
     
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    Yes I did lube the seal
     
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    chance the seal spun, or is twisted and not seated properly in the hub?
     
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    No, it fit tight. I had to use a seal driver to install it.
     
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    Leaking wheel seals on a FF axle are caused by.
    Groove on the axle tube where the seal rides.
    Improper installation of the seal or the wheel bearings not set up correctly.
    Wrong seal is another possibilty.
    Raise the wheel and see if the bearing is loose to start with.
    If that seems ok you are gonna have to take it down and see what is up.
    In any case the hub has to be removed to replace the seal and clean the mess.
     
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    I used emery cloth on the area where it runs.....

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    If you used emery cloth on the area where it runs..... You might have scored the surface to much, try to polish it smooth. I also agree Chicago raw hides are a better seal.
    Bill
     

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