Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: Redland Bay,QLD
Re: Axle Seals '68 coupe
A slide hammer & seal remover would make the job a little easier but it can be done without specialised tools.
The replacement,lip type(rubber) seal is available from most parts houses & can be installed with a suitable sized socket.Gently tap it in,keeping it square,untill seated.You could use a little sealer(Permatex ect) ,on the outside of the seal,depending on the condition of the housing seating area.Clean up the area with a bit of Wet & Dry paper,grease the seals(the rubber,not the outside) & gently slide the axles through.
After 150k,the axles might be a battle to remove.Some will fall out.....most need a little persuasion!After removing the 4 backing plate bolts you could reverse the brake drum & bolt it to the axle.Run the nuts down till the threads are flush,& give it a few sharp jolts,(Slide hammer fashion)hopefully it will end up in your lap!
A heavy chain bolted to the axles can also be used.Snap the chain & stand clear!
If this fails.......it's time for the Gas Axe(Oxy)!Heat in the axle housing will help.
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