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Old 07-09-2018, 09:12 AM
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Old 07-09-2018, 09:21 AM
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Went to autocross event this weekend and my drivers side axle seal started leaking, it's pretty much brand new so don't know what the hell is going on there. Also my tow vehicle started spitting oil. It just never ends.
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BTW, anyone in here ever replace their axle seals?
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In, not personally on my ss but I have on other ecotecs of the same style. Pretty easy once you pull the axle. Just need to be careful when reinserting the axle not to touch the seal with the splines. Can cut/score the seal and make it leak again.
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In, not personally on my ss but I have on other ecotecs of the same style. Pretty easy once you pull the axle. Just need to be careful when reinserting the axle not to touch the seal with the splines. Can cut/score the seal and make it leak again.

Probably what I did to this seal honestly. I was pretty hasty with this axle because I had limited time to replace the axles and the axle I was trying to remove was being a complete bitch and took me 2 hours to finally get it to pop loose. So by the time I went in with the new axle I was over it and probably not being as careful as I should have been.
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https://www.sears.com/search=craftsm...unitNo=0002036
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https://www.sears.com/craftsman-24-i...7&blockType=G7

I use one of these(technically matco but these work the same) to remove axles. Once you get the end set where you can press back on the axle itl pop right out.
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https://www.sears.com/search=craftsm...unitNo=0002036
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https://www.sears.com/craftsman-24-i...7&blockType=G7

I use one of these(technically matco but these work the same) to remove axles. Once you get the end set where you can press back on the axle itl pop right out.

I appreciate the product suggestion however in this case being able to pry on it was not my issue. What I determined was that the little expansion ring on the end had slipped into a position where it was caught up and would not slip to compress like it should. Maybe from bad tolerances on an aftermarket part. To get it out I ended up rotating the axle around to different positions and wiggling on it until it seemed like the expansion ring finally got into a position to where it would compress properly and it popped right out. Until then it wouldn't budge for anything.
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I appreciate the product suggestion however in this case being able to pry on it was not my issue. What I determined was that the little expansion ring on the end had slipped into a position where it was caught up and would not slip to compress like it should. Maybe from bad tolerances on an aftermarket part. To get it out I ended up rotating the axle around to different positions and wiggling on it until it seemed like the expansion ring finally got into a position to where it would compress properly and it popped right out. Until then it wouldn't budge for anything.
Ah, ive seen that before. Most of the guys here just hammer on it till it either breaks the ring or comes loose Personally I found if you use two pry bars and kind of walk around the axle alternating pulling each side the ring works out fairly easy within a couple min.
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Ah, ive seen that before. Most of the guys here just hammer on it till it either breaks the ring or comes loose Personally I found if you use two pry bars and kind of walk around the axle alternating pulling each side the ring works out fairly easy within a couple min.
A quick pop on the pry bar has worked well for me, it helps if you have a friend pull on the axle before giving the pry bar a tap.
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They've always popped right out for me to except just this once. It's got to be that the expansion ring was positioned just perfectly wrong because once I played with it a bit it popped out like the rest of the times I have done it.
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I still need to replace my suspension. When I went under the car to do my wheel bearings, the rubber boots to my end links were shot, and the springs sound like stepping on a wooden floor in a haunted house. I don't have a lift so I'm not sure if I can get the height required to stretch the springs out enough to get them out safely.
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I still need to replace my suspension. When I went under the car to do my wheel bearings, the rubber boots to my end links were shot, and the springs sound like stepping on a wooden floor in a haunted house. I don't have a lift so I'm not sure if I can get the height required to stretch the springs out enough to get them out safely.

With Jackstands you can get more travel by taking the wheels off. I replace springs with just a 2-ton floor jack and jack stands.
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I still need to replace my suspension. When I went under the car to do my wheel bearings, the rubber boots to my end links were shot, and the springs sound like stepping on a wooden floor in a haunted house. I don't have a lift so I'm not sure if I can get the height required to stretch the springs out enough to get them out safely.
Could try one of these https://www.harborfreight.com/automo...set-63262.html
The princess auto should have one.
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I drove my car today and the axle seal doesn't seem to be leaking. Also I have done a few events before now and it didn't leak then. This course happened to have some really long sweepers. Is it possible my seal has been damaged this whole time but it was up higher so it didn't leak under normal conditions but then when I threw the oil up against the side in the long sweepers it made it leak?
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Have you checked your vent to make sure it is open. Could have some dirt clogging it and the case builds pressure only when your hard on the car.

Oh and im thinking of going to the local autox this coming sunday. Any advice being it would be my first time?
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Have you checked your vent to make sure it is open. Could have some dirt clogging it and the case builds pressure only when your hard on the car.

Oh and im thinking of going to the local autox this coming sunday. Any advice being it would be my first time?

I wondered about that but wasn't sure where the vent was located. I will do some checking thanks.
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With Jackstands you can get more travel by taking the wheels off. I replace springs with just a 2-ton floor jack and jack stands.
I do have them, just not sure the extension I would have.

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Could try one of these https://www.harborfreight.com/automo...set-63262.html
The princess auto should have one.
Spring compressors make me nervous.

The struts I bought are the moog prebuilt ones, so that shouldn't be a problem. Just the backend.
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I wondered about that but wasn't sure where the vent was located. I will do some checking thanks.
Its like a plug thing on one side of the case. Supposed to be #10
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I have F23 do you think it is in same location?
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ah my bad, it should be part of the fill cap on top of the trans. #18
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I do have them, just not sure the extension I would have.Spring compressors make me nervous.

The struts I bought are the moog prebuilt ones, so that shouldn't be a problem. Just the backend.
If they are prebuilt, disconnect the sway bar end link after taking off the tire, and take the 2 bolts off the control arm, and the 3 holding the top mount in, and it should come out fine.
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