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Old 11-30-2010
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Icon4 blown seal?

ive got an 8.8 rear axle with drums, and ive got a bunch of fluid all over the inside of my rear passenger tire. its coming out of the drum. could this be a blown seal? how hard to replace?
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Have you taken the drum off to look? Its either your wheel cylinder leaking or the seal. Neither one is hard to change.
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Have you taken the drum off to look? Its either your wheel cylinder leaking or the seal. Neither one is hard to change.
ill be pulling the drum tomorrow. ok good to hear
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It's one of two things. Wheel cylinder is leaking or the axle seal is leaking. wheel cylinder is a 30min job. the axle seals can be a ***** mine where. pull the axles out and pull the seal best to do both sides. put the new ones in and put it all back together.
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It's one of two things. Wheel cylinder is leaking or the axle seal is leaking. wheel cylinder is a 30min job. the axle seals can be a ***** mine where. pull the axles out and pull the seal best to do both sides. put the new ones in and put it all back together.
that will be a pita if its the axle seal, i have a rear locker so ill have to take that apart fml
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yup mine does it to im not gonna replace the axle seal im just gonna get a 31 spline expo and put new seals in that.
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yup mine does it to im not gonna replace the axle seal im just gonna get a 31 spline expo and put new seals in that.
thats what i wanna do too
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It's easy to tell. Have you been going through brake fluid? If so, then it's your wheel cylinder. If not, then it's the axle shaft seal.


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smell it. You'll be able to tell the difference.
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thats what i wanna do too
i just replaced mine, and went LSD. had to use the end of my axle to get the seal out they were pretty bad. the seal remover wasn't getting me anyplace.
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If it is the seal, it shouldn't be too difficult if you have the proper tools. I guess you just need a seal puller. It took me like 6 hours (lol) cuz removing the bearing was a pita.
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If it is the seal, it shouldn't be too difficult if you have the proper tools. I guess you just need a seal puller. It took me like 6 hours (lol) cuz removing the bearing was a pita.
even when i used the seal puller it just ripped through the steel on the seal. just used the end of the axle and it came out with ease.
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