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#1 BolensH14 OFFLINE  

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Posted December 05, 2017 - 02:44 PM

I have an oil leak around the axle on the diff lock side.  I assume there is an oil seal on the outboard side of the bearing. Can that be replaced easily?  The old post about seal replacement on this forum makes it sound pretty complicated.


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Posted December 05, 2017 - 03:23 PM

One of our sponsors will have the seal so you have it in hand before you start.  Not to bad a job.  Helps if you have a seal puller.  Download the parts manual from the manuals section for the right part number.

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Posted December 05, 2017 - 05:37 PM

Have them instock but need to know if its a Hydro or Gear drive tubeframe to link you the correct parts


Two seals are on the differential side , if its your first time it will definitely be a learning experience but nothing you cant overcome if you have mechanical abilities

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Posted December 07, 2017 - 12:31 PM

Cut a piece of plastic soda bottle and wrap it around the axle before you to to put the inner seal in. (it keeps the seal lip from catching the edge).

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Posted December 08, 2017 - 05:55 PM

Also check the brass bushing in there behind the seal.  Good chance its worn causing the axle to "lift" away from the seal slightly causing a leak.  They should still be avail as well and also a good idea to replace while your in there.

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Posted December 08, 2017 - 08:14 PM

If you're familiar with tearing into machinery, it's trivial; if not, it's a good learning experience and not really difficult. Assuming it's a somewhat new experience, read the manuals, search old posts here, and go slow. I take pictures as I go so I have a reminder of how it looked for reference. It's not an expensive repair either.

Edited by dtsh, December 08, 2017 - 08:28 PM.