Renates problem, humour

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John
An oil seal is just a steel ring that is an interference fit to a shaft. It can be replaced easily unless the shaft or housing are damaged. The effort goes into dismantling and reassembly, not the seal replacement itself.
I've had both front (oil weeping out of CV joint housing) and one back (oil weeping onto brake drum assembly) axle seals replaced on mine - neither difficult nor expensive. I'm afraid that my technical involvement was limited to writing a cheque, but it wasn't a big one on either occasion.
Panic not!
Christopher Bell
Devon, UK
1996 1HD-FT
 
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John,
It's happened atleast once on my old landrover that corrossion and
wear necessitated replacement of the stub axle because any seal would
not fit tight enough. But "stub axle" is not "axle" as such, just a
small part thereof. What you inferr, I suppose, is repalcement of the
axle casing and/or half-shafts, which is efinitey more expensive. On
the other hand, it does not happen often, if at all, that an oil seal
job would require replacing the whole axle.
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Roman (London, UK)
'92 HDJ80
On Thu, 23 Dec 2004 11:28:13 +0000, Christopher Bell
<[Email address removed]> wrote:
 
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Hi John,
OK, unless there was damage to the actual axle housing caused by problems with
the driveshafts (highly unlikely) there is no need to replace the axle - the
inner seal just pops out and is easily replaced.
Certainly with the rear axle, it is not really a major problem if the seal
goes, only a small amount of oil will be able to get to the wheel bearings and
then it shouldn't matter too much because the bearings are still being lubed by
oil rather than grease - some LC's have been known to run for several thousand
miles like this without problems or any obvious wear.
Oil seepage is a different issue due to the CV joints needing to be well packed
with grease - if the seal has gone there wouldn't be enough oil in the axle to
cover the CV, only flushing it when you go around corners and then flowing back
out on the straights.
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Julian Voelcker
Mobile: 07971 540362
Cirencester, United Kingdom
1994 HDJ80, 2.5" OME Lift, ARB
 
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Thanks as always Julian you have put my mind at rest.
John
92HDJ 80 1HD-T Auto Ireland
----- Original Message -----
From: "Julian Voelcker" <[Email address removed]>
To: <[Email address removed]>
Sent: Thursday, December 23, 2004 4:11 PM
Subject: Re: [ELCO] Renates problem, humour
 
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John
Mixing of seals and grease - yes! definitely an "issue" with the
garage, and giving me the "oh, this is so serious you're going to have
to buy a new axle for sure!" sure!!
Even if I won the National Lottery I would not ever again be humble and
take it on the face, one slap after another!
I have to question their psychological manipulation in a big way. I
wish there was a way I could get even....I know!
you guys! you can help! and with this, I'll do courses on diesel
engine maintenance and 4x4 maintenance - there is no other option left
open to me (this is a reverse negative, irony and tongue in cheek!).
Well, it IS 2005...
Renate
John wrote:
>>> [Email address removed] 12/23/04 11:02am >>>
Tell me you dont need a new axel if an inner seal
goes please, im getting paranoid again, whats that noice is it a seal
bursting, will my diff oil mix with my bearing CV joint greese.
John c
92 HDJ 80 1HD-T Auto Ireland
 
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