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#4478124 - 08/03/17 11:08 AM OEM for SEALS such as Pinion or ..who else??
SumpChump Offline

Registered: 02/11/14
Posts: 1960
Loc: Upper Midwest by the Lakes USA
2005 Ram 1500 4WD with corporate 9.25 rear end needs rear pinion seal. Go OEM or is there better?
Also, is it a pound foolish to not replace Ujoints while under there? (they are fine now)

#4478155 - 08/03/17 11:54 AM Re: OEM for SEALS such as Pinion or ..who else?? [Re: SumpChump]
Bottom_Feeder Offline

Registered: 12/07/08
Posts: 2925
Loc: Occupied Virginia
Driveshafts are easy enough to remove when the time comes if necessary. I wouldn't bother, personally.

#4478159 - 08/03/17 12:00 PM Re: OEM for SEALS such as Pinion or ..who else?? [Re: SumpChump]
Hootbro Offline

Registered: 08/25/03
Posts: 2347
I have probably done 15+ pinion seal replacements and found using a quality brand like Timken, SKF or National does the job the same as OEM counter part. Many times the OEM counter part will just be a reboxed one from the previously mentioned brands.

As to U-Joint replacement, if factory "sealed for life" ones are installed, I would replace while there since half the job is already done for removing the driveshaft for the pinion seal. I would also entertain the replacing the rear transmission seal also and be done with everything.
2017 Jeep Renegade 2.4L (Idemitsu 0W-20)
2016 Nissan Frontier Crew Cab 4.0L (Havoline 5W-30)
2013 Jeep Wrangler JK 3.6L (PUP 5W-30)

#4478162 - 08/03/17 12:05 PM Re: OEM for SEALS such as Pinion or ..who else?? [Re: SumpChump]
gomes512 Offline

Registered: 07/02/07
Posts: 684
Loc: Chicago, IL
I've used SKF seals and they seem to seal and hold up well. Wouldn't bother with the driveshaft ujionts as posted above.

#4478435 - 08/03/17 06:11 PM Re: OEM for SEALS such as Pinion or ..who else?? [Re: SumpChump]
nobb Offline

Registered: 01/29/12
Posts: 229
Loc: Canada
As long as you are using a brand name like SKF, Timken, National, it should be ok. There is alot of science behind seals, but any reputable company is more than capable of designing these properly.

The only risk is on rare occasions, the OEMs update their part design to make improvements but the aftermarket manufacturers lag behind and are still supplying an older design. The rear axle seals on 3rd gen 4Runners is one specific example of this.