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Rear Axle Shaft Rust?

I recently replaced my rear wheel seals. It was my first time doing this, but I did follow everyones tips and I had sucess for about... 2000 miles. I then noticed fluid leaking again. I popped off the wheels and drums, and I found that my seals were torn apart again.

I noticed that it appears as if there is a fair amount of corrosion on the axle shafts. I am curious... does this rust have to removed any particular way? Was this what caused it or does it sound crazy?

I believe that I have set the seals in far enough, I set them just a hair before the bearings.

If this corrosion is the problem, has anyone else had these issues? What would be the best way to take off this rust?



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Use some emry cloth on the seal and bearing surface before putting the axle shaft back in place. Need a nice smooth surface against the seals and bearings.
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You also sure the bearings are good?
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They did not appear pitted, corroded, or disfigured. They rolled smooth and did not really make any noises. The truck is about to hit 60k miles. Any tips on how to tell if they are bad? There is not any wheel play besides the slack there is in and out.
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They did not appear pitted, corroded, or disfigured. They rolled smooth and did not really make any noises. The truck is about to hit 60k miles. Any tips on how to tell if they are bad? There is not any wheel play besides the slack there is in and out.
It's probably the rust, the bearings sound fine. Just trying to cover all bases. Also make sure you put a little grease or diff lube on the shaft/seal when you reinstall.
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