My 2001 Ford F-250 Super Duty finally broke down on me at 347,000 miles. I started smelling rear end grease the last few times I drove it. Finally saw some smoke when I parked it last week so I decided yesterday to start taking it apart to see if I just had a seal out or what was up. Spent about 1hr or so pulling it down ti find everything in the hub was oil soaked, even the inside of the tire and rim. The seal is bad and also the bearings have some pitting in them. Got the parts ordered today, some from the Ford dealer and the Emergency brake shoes off of Ebay for less than half at the Ford dealer. This axle uses a 2 piece seal which I really don't like installing, but will be very careful not to mess it up. Parts will be in at Ford on Monday and the brake shoes should be here Wednesday so I will just get everything cleaned up and wait on parts.
And BTW, I used a hammer on my breaker bar to loosen everything up before you guys give me a hard time about pulling on wrenches..