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Getting an axle seal out #4571053
11/11/17 04:30 PM
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Having an awful time getting a CV axle seal out of my Liberty.




I've chipped away most of the inner band of the seal lip, but it's still not budging. Any ideas? I've tried a two ended seal puller and a small ply bar but am weary of damaging something. If I can't figure out out, I'm going to shove a plastic bag in the hole and have it towed.

Last edited by HoosierJeeper; 11/11/17 04:38 PM.

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Re: Getting an axle seal out [Re: HoosierJeeper] #4571058
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Use a flat screwdriver to pry around the outside, between the seal's metal flange and the transmission case.

Re: Getting an axle seal out [Re: HoosierJeeper] #4571059
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I thought about doing that, I'm worried about nicking the aluminum. I put an arrow on the part I was thinking about trying to pry off.


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Re: Getting an axle seal out [Re: HoosierJeeper] #4571067
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You gotta jam a screwdriver where your arrow is. A scratch here wont matter as it seals on the inside.


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Re: Getting an axle seal out [Re: Chris142] #4571075
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Originally Posted By: Chris142
You gotta jam a screwdriver where your arrow is. A scratch here wont matter as it seals on the inside.


Agree with the scratch info on this flanged seal. Just don't go gorilla on it.

Check out minute 13:30 + of this video:



Re: Getting an axle seal out [Re: HoosierJeeper] #4571079
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If you have the room, and you can find a gasket scraper like this locally, then it'll work much better than a screwdriver. The end is wider and flatter so you are less likely to nick the housing.


Re: Getting an axle seal out [Re: HoosierJeeper] #4571081
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I had a similar problem replacing the factory seal on my 2004 Grand Marquis. This tool made it a snap.


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Re: Getting an axle seal out [Re: HoosierJeeper] #4571082
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Nicking the face of the housing won't hurt, only a substantial gouge in the bore itself.


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Re: Getting an axle seal out [Re: HoosierJeeper] #4571090
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That video helps a lot. I think I'll give that a shot in the morning.

BTW: Sorry for posting in the wrong section!


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Re: Getting an axle seal out [Re: HoosierJeeper] #4571113
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Can you stick a drywall screw in then pry it out with a claw hammer?

If you nick the aluminum you can fill it with RTV.

Re: Getting an axle seal out [Re: HoosierJeeper] #4571213
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You need to first get the rubber seal and the spring completely out with nose pliers.
Then you need to pull on the seal cage FROM THE INSIDE CENTER HOLE.

Use OTC 6541 Pulling Hook with slide hammer.

Re: Getting an axle seal out [Re: HoosierJeeper] #4571799
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Thanks everyone! Got it out with a gasket scraper.

Do I need to oil around the outside of the seal before putting it in? Or just the inner part before putting the CV axle back in?


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Re: Getting an axle seal out [Re: HoosierJeeper] #4571825
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I apply Red Loctite to the OD. And Trans-gel to the ID....You can use gear oil.


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Re: Getting an axle seal out [Re: HoosierJeeper] #4572072
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Thanks for the help everyone, really. Couldn't have done it without the help. Went with the gasket scraper and that made quick work of it. Didn't mar the diff at all. Here's to hoping the new one doesn't leak! LOL


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Re: Getting an axle seal out [Re: HoosierJeeper] #4572365
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I've always used a small chisel. If you nick it and are worried about sealing, use RTV, then replace the seal over the thin layer of RTV.


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