My question is this, based on research I've done it seems my inner axle seal was leaking. On my way home from a vacation (1,000 miles on way or so) I started noticing a grease smell and saw there was gear oil inside my rear rim and on the outside of my brake drum, I think there was a minimal amount inside the drum as well. Did some research and it seems the inner seal was leaking. I got in there to fix it since everyone says its a fairly easy and common job (never done this before). I snapped off one of the flange nuts on the back of the brake assembly. Just used a tough bolt with a lock washer to replace it and it seems to be doing just fine. The dang inner seal fought me to death. I had to tear that thing out and it took about an hour. Put the new on it and ended up bending it a little since I don't have the right tools to press it in correctly. The only thing I had was some big diameter exhaust pipe. I also realized after the job was done I forgot to place on the O-ring on there. All this being said, I'll probably be re-doing this real soon.
Any suggestions to make this easier? Anything special tools to pull that seal out or get the new one in without damaging it? I changed the diff. fluid as well (I swear its running smoother). If I pull that shaft back out while it's full I'm not sure if I would lose any fluid or not.
Thanks for the help!
Earlier that day I also had to replace my outer and inner tie rod. The outer was bad but it the jam nut was completely frozen, tried heat and everything. Had to just take the inner out with the outer stuck on it and replace both. Jeeez.....Good thing I love this truck.