So, quick question. I have an '04 Ranger XLT 4x4 I just got and noticed the front pinion seal seaping ever so slightly. It's not really enough to even consider a full out drip, but enough to wet the back of the front diff housing. To remove the seal, just take the band straps off the U-joints and move the driveshaft out of the way. Then, loosen the pinion nut and remove the seal......now, I see that some say it's just a quick install of the new seal and then tightening/torquing of the pinion nut, but what about the crush sleeve? I'm assuming that since you don't disturb its seating by using a puller to push the pinion out of the pot, then the crush sleeve is not disturbed?
Any clarification on this is appreciated, because if it's just as easy as what I described, then I can do that quite easily. If not, then I'll just get some silicone sealant and seal the base of the pinion seal for now.