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Help with front axle seal

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by purple taco, Jul 6, 2011.

  1. Jul 6, 2011 at 2:23 PM
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    purple taco

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    How do I pull the seal out without damaging anything or getting any debris int the diff.
     
  2. Jul 6, 2011 at 2:36 PM
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    I tried to change my seal the other day and I wasn't sure how to get the seal out either. Mine is on the passenger side. Hopefully somebody can help us out.
     
  3. Jul 6, 2011 at 2:40 PM
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    Mine is driver side. I tried to pull it out by hand. Well that didnt work out to well.lol
     
  4. Jul 6, 2011 at 2:43 PM
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    Hitch and wiring, aux back-up light, rear strobe lights, radio and underseat sub.
    There are seal pullers for that job, but it will always mangle the seal. You always replace a seal when you replace a shaft, even if it looks good or doesn't get mangled. It's $10 insurance for no leaks.
    This: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0002SRCKG/ref=asc_df_B0002SRCKG1617437?smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER
    You can use a prybar too, if there's room. Center the new seal and drive in with a block of wood that is of the same size. Do not mangle or deform the seal installing it. Get a spare if you have doubts.
     
  5. Jul 6, 2011 at 2:43 PM
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    Have you pulled the axle out? :confused:
     
  6. Jul 6, 2011 at 2:49 PM
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    Slide hammer works well (if you have one).

    I popped mine out with a prybar with tape on the ends of it so as to not score anything. There's plenty of space to get in there with spindle/hub out of the way.
     
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    Having the right tool would sure make it a lot easier lol. I changed both passenger and driver side cv axles and only the passenger side started leaking.

    The seal after pulling the cv axle out that goes between the differential and the axle.
     
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    Thnx guys. Im gonna try the pry bar with tape.
     
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    Is there any easy way to get to this seal, or do you have to pull apart your front suspension and pull the cv axle out that way?

    I noticed my drivers side was leaking the other day so I guess I too will be getting to do this once to cools down a bit!
     
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    Pulling the axle is not difficult by any means. But yes, you have to pull the axle to get to the seal. You can wiggle around the coilover, but its only 4 bolts to pull the coilover out and it makes life easier so I suggest pulling the coilover off as well.
     
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    I figured out the axle seal, the seal puller tool is very helpful. The metal part of the seal was rusted and became one with the differential so that really threw me off on changing out the seal the first time. I thought the seal was apart of the differential or something lo.
     
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    did you guys get your seals from toyoyta, i cant find anyplace that stocks a aftermarket seal ?
     
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    I went to Toyota and got mine. It was like $16, not bad.
     
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    can somebody give me the correct toyota seal part number, i went today to my local stealer and they gave me the wrong one , i am so tired of the run around and my guy at the parts counter is a sob, please
     
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    anyone know the name of the seal between the differential and the cv axel?
     
  18. Dec 13, 2012 at 8:52 AM
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    90311-47012- driver side seal ~ $12
    90311-47013 - passanger side seal ~ $21
     
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    And for you guys pushing the seals in use seal drivers! Makes life a lot easier and you won't damage the seals. Also this is huge and took me 1 month and 4 sets of seals. The driver side push the seal all the way in till it stops. Push the seal all the way into the differential. As for the passenger side just push it in just enough so there is like an eighth of an inch of metal outside of the seal. So basically just push the passenger side in so there is a small lip of the outter housing showing. This is super
    Important because if you push it in to far you will leak every drop of oil right out the seal.
     

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