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JUST HAD RIGHT FRONT WHEEL BEARING REPLACED ON MY 1998 DODGE RAM 1500 4X4 DROVE 50 MILES NOW THE AXLE SEAL IS LEAKING WHY

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Can't remember if your axle is set up like the ones on a Jeep (too many cars stuck in my head) but if it is, the seal is on the inboard end of the axle and easy to forget it's there. If you don't lift the axle so it goes through the center of the seal when you put it back in, it will push the seal out and cause a leak.
If that's the case, whoever did the work needs to make it right. (carrier needs to be removed as well as the axle, to replace the seal)

Posted on May 24, 2011

  • Richard Scordino May 26, 2011

    Sorry for the unhelpful answer...perhaps I should have come there and fixed it for you free. Bottom line is whoever did the work is responsible, especially after only 50 miles. Of course I'm wrong...that' why you asked....

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