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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old Aug 7th, 02, 02:18 PM Thread Starter
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i have an 89 firebird 305 with a leaking (outer) rear axle seal. i have changed it once already and replaced the axle due to the original was warped. i have a feeling that if i replace the seal again it will still leak. does anyone have any ideas to what would be the best course of action.or what is causing this? thanks guys.
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old Aug 7th, 02, 03:09 PM
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A buddy of mine showed me a neet trick for installing a new seal.Pack the inside of the seal with grease up to and around the spring.This will keep the spring from getting jarred off when you install it.This might not be the problem,but it's a little insurance that the seal will not throw the spring when you hammer it in.Also appily a little silocone around the outside of the seal.I've seen leaks there too.Make sure the axle has a little lube where it rides on the seal.Good Luck

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post #3 of 8 (permalink) Old Aug 7th, 02, 03:11 PM
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Try replacing the axle bearing as well as the seal.

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post #4 of 8 (permalink) Old Aug 8th, 02, 01:20 AM
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any body think replacing the seal and bearing with a axle saver to move both to a new position on the axle is a good idea
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post #5 of 8 (permalink) Old Aug 8th, 02, 02:53 AM
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Make sure the vent is clean and not clogged on the top of differential. A build up of pressure inside the rear axle can cause the seal to leak.
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post #6 of 8 (permalink) Old Aug 9th, 02, 02:34 AM
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storman, I wouldn't advise anyone to use the axle saver "repair bearings". I went through several of them before buying new axles and stock seals and bearings. I had lots of trouble with them leaking. If your axles are bad enough that you need them, put the money you'd spend on the repair bearings (around $ 30.00 each) and buy new axles.
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post #7 of 8 (permalink) Old Aug 9th, 02, 07:49 AM
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Hey tazjet1701,
how are you doing, did you ever get the problem with your mysterious dash light resolved?

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post #8 of 8 (permalink) Old Aug 9th, 02, 09:44 AM Thread Starter
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what up trickster. well i don't know what i did but 2 weeks ago i replaced the weatherstripping around my t tops. while reinstalling everything i decieded to tear the dash apart so i could replace the clear plastic guage covers. i pulled everything apart, cleaned 13 years of grim from around the gauge faces,and put everything back together completely. while admiring the excelent job i did, i remembered why i took everything apart in the first place......yep i forgot to remove the bulb...dooh... well here is the suprising thing, it dosen't come on like it used to. im shocked, im so good that i fixed it without even trying...haha. oh well maybe it was all the grim i removed. who knows, maybe in 13 more years i'll have the same problem again..(i hope not)well i just wanted to write and say thanks for all the help that you guys give, and also thanks for being so friendly as to take the time to help out a goober like me. till the next problem, later.
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