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Axle Seal Swap

Post by drober23 » Thu Apr 19, 2018 1:07 pm

Hi!

Last summer, I noticed a leak from the seal between the transaxle and the CV joint on the passenger side. I made a note to top off the gear oil and rolled it the rest of the summer.

Now it is time to take care of it. I ordered the seals from Weddle Enterprises. These threads of people finding filings and chunks when they drain their transaxles has me only a little concerned. :-)

I'll put up some pictures when I have it apart, and may have a few questions before I am done.
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Re: Axle Seal Swap

Post by Amskeptic » Mon Apr 23, 2018 8:05 am

drober23 wrote:
Thu Apr 19, 2018 1:07 pm
Hi!

Last summer, I noticed a leak from the seal between the transaxle and the CV joint on the passenger side. I made a note to top off the gear oil and rolled it the rest of the summer.

Now it is time to take care of it. I ordered the seals from Weddle Enterprises. These threads of people finding filings and chunks when they drain their transaxles has me only a little concerned. :-)

I'll put up some pictures when I have it apart, and may have a few questions before I am done.

Are you getting the wide seals or the usual skinny seals? I did wide on Chloe's original transaxle, and never had a leak again.
Got a new rebuild from Rancho, and it leaked within 10,000 miles. NaranjaWesty 76,343 is dry, BobD 110,770 is dry.
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Naranja - 1977 Westfalia . . . . . 77,203 miles
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Re: Axle Seal Swap

Post by asiab3 » Mon Apr 23, 2018 11:33 pm

Shoot, your Rancho 002 rebuild was leaking too? I guess I’ll stop at the buggy shop in Yuma AGAIN after your past recommendation. Those deep seals kept my old transaxle dry!

I haven’t been able to source the skinny seals recently. Drober23, let us know how thick your seals are!

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Re: Axle Seal Swap

Post by drober23 » Tue Apr 24, 2018 5:49 pm

Here are the seals I bought from Weddle. The big seal is about 5/8" thick. Not sure if that makes it skinny or not. I know I put almost 50,000 miles on this transaxle, almost all of those with no leaks. No idea of its history before I got it years ago though.

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Re: Axle Seal Swap

Post by Amskeptic » Tue Apr 24, 2018 8:40 pm

drober23 wrote:
Tue Apr 24, 2018 5:49 pm
Here are the seals I bought from Weddle. The big seal is about 5/8" thick. Not sure if that makes it skinny or not. I know I put almost 50,000 miles on this transaxle, almost all of those with no leaks. No idea of its history before I got it years ago though.
Those are the wide seals. Enjoy.
Colin
BobD - 1978 Bus . . . . . . . . . . .111,130 miles
Chloe - 1970 bus . . . . . . . . . . . 206,787 miles
Naranja - 1977 Westfalia . . . . . 77,203 miles
Pluck - 1973 Squareback . . . . . 55,510 miles
Alexus - 1991 Lexus LS400 . . . 72,113 miles

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Re: Axle Seal Swap

Post by wdollie6 » Fri May 25, 2018 11:48 am

Replaced mine two years ago and with minimal mileage have a leak... Can this be done while on the vehicle, hate to pull it for that. I even followed the "procedure". Did note that that the plastic dust cap was torn.

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Re: Axle Seal Swap

Post by asiab3 » Sat May 26, 2018 9:18 am

wdollie6 wrote:
Fri May 25, 2018 11:48 am
Can this be done while on the vehicle, hate to pull it for that.
Absolutely! Make sure your installation of seals and caps is square and true; no funny angle business. Though unnecessary to seal, I found a light coating of Shellac or Permatex Aviation on the outside of the seal helped the Xtra Deep seal slide in all the way. Lubricate the inner sealing lip with oil to prevent excess friction on first drive.

Would packing these seals with grease be beneficial like crankshaft and wheel bearing seals?

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