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Old 05-24-2008
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axle seals

my driver side axle tube is leaking, i believe it would be the axle seals are gone.. i have a stock D44, how would u go about changing these seals.... i have never done this before, nor have the money to have a shop do it... so im forced to DIY. any help or tips always aperciated(sp)!
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Old 05-25-2008
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I will give you some advice, but it comes from changing the seals in my toyota, not the ranger.

Pull the wheel off, unbolt the drum from the axle, and slide it out. Jack the truck up high on the side you are working, so that all the grear oil stays in. Get the old seal out, and pound a new one back in. A good strategy is to freeze the new seals, and they shrink a little bit, otherwise it can be a nightmare. Buy a couple extra, just in case. I ruined 2 before I got it right.

Also, where has the fluid gotten to? If it is leaking before the drum, then just the seal is bad, if it has gotten into the drum, then it leaked past the seal AND the bearing. If rangers have "sealed" bearings, then that one is no longer sealed, and should be replaced while everything is apart.

Once again, I replaced these seals on my toyota, but have NO idea if it is the same on the ranger, I'm sure someone will follow this up though.
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Old 05-26-2008
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actually this isnt on a ranger, on a dodge ram 1500 w/ Dana 44 up front. figured some of the SAS guys might have chimed in
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hey man, i seen this the other day but i forgot to post the website i found.

http://www.pavementsucks.com/tech/axleseal.php
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thanks man!
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np.
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