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Old 11-08-2003, 06:03 AM
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Pinion seal replacement

I need to replace my pinion seal but donīt want to disturb the whole setup.I read that you can take off the pinion nut,change the seal, and when replacing the nut, tighten it to 1/16 turn more.
Does this sound workable?

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You didn't say what rear axle we are dealing with. Yes, you can just replace the seal without disturbing anything else. Tighten the nut only enough to secure it properly. If you tighten it too much you will feel some binding which indicates you have compressed the crush sleeve a little.

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Itīs an ī86 Camaro rear end.
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The above will apply. You may have trouble getting the new seal into the housing. Normally a plastic tool that slips over the pinion is used to place the seal then you tap the seal into place with the tool over the pinion shaft. It is possible to replace the seal without this tool, but it can be quite a challenge without damaging the new seal. One tip is to pack the back side of the seal with heavy wheel bearing grease to prevent the seal spring from popping out when you are tapping on the seal trying to get it in.

P.S, places like Auto Zone may have the pinion seal installation tool to loan.

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Old 11-08-2003, 11:51 AM
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I have seen the tool you mention in the Chiltern manual.
Auto Zone do not have anything to do with foreign countries,
wouldīnt even sell me stuff.Even so I reckon I can make something or do the grease trick.
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Sorry, I didn't notice your were not in the U.S.

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