Question about 2004 Dodge Ram 1500
To seat the seal properly,I need a special tool that fits inside the seal to install correctly.Where do I find the tool?
Locally my Auto zone parts store has loaner tools for this situation. Rental stores are another good source for that tool that you hope to only use once.
Posted on Feb 17, 2014
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
SOURCE: front drivers side axle removal
There's not any special tools. You need a socket to fit the nut on the end of the axle and a wrench to take the nut and bolt off the bottom ball joint that slides through the control arm. Take a bar, pry down on lower control arm, pulling ball joint out, then pull the upper part out by hand, away from the car, slide axle out of the bearing assembly. Take a pry bar, put between trans and axle, give it a swift, quick ****. The axle should come out. Remember to always put jack stands under the car and be safe. Phil
Posted on Jan 09, 2009
here is a diagram on how to replace the front pinion seal.
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Removing the companion flange
Measuring pinion rotating torque
Pinion seal installer
Tightening the pinion nut
CAUTION Do not exceed the minimum tightening torque when installing the companion flange at this point. Damage to the collapsible spacer or bearings may result.
CAUTION Never loosen pinion nut to decrease pinion bearing rotating torque and never exceed specified preload torque. If preload torque or rotating torque is exceeded a new collapsible spacer must be installed.
CAUTION If maximum tightening torque is reached prior to reaching the required rotating torque, the collapsible spacer may have been damaged. Replace the collapsible spacer.
Posted on Apr 16, 2009
if u have u joints there should not any fluid near your bearing other than grease... if it is leaking anything other than that it is probably brake fluid... i would suggest checking your brake cylinder and brake line leading along side the passenger side
Posted on Apr 21, 2009
You can do this with wheels hanging free or on ramps. Likely it may be better with wheels hanging though.but do not let the gears turn while you are working. Use a pipe wrench (a large one) to hold the pinion flange from turning. Mark the position of the nut in relation to the pinion shaft this mark is extremely important so don't use anything that may be wiped clean when working. Count the exact number of turns necessary to remove the nut (also very important).Mark the flange position so you can return it to its original position. Tap the flange off with a hammer, etc, pry out the seal and drive the new one back in with an appropriate seal driver In a pinch you can use a 2x4 with a hole in the center for the shaft to go through...I generally wipe a small amount of silicone sealer around the metal part of the seal to prevent seepage as well. The key is to keep the seal square with the housing while installing.
Use the marks you made to put the flange back on. put the nut and washer back on, counting the exact number of turns till you reach the exact number as when you removed it. Though most times it's not necessary, I always use some locktite on threads or use a new nut but with new nut you loose your reference mark. Hold the flange with the pipe wrench while re-installing. I also turn the nut about a 32nd of an inch or less, further than it was before removal.This will change the pinion depth but not so much that it will damage anything. DO NOT go further though!!! Don't forget to re-fill before using. In fact it is good to remove the rear cover first because if you find any metal in the lube perhaps you may want to or need to do something else as a repair.
Posted on Sep 06, 2009
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