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Old 05-20-2007, 04:13 AM   #1
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I was checking the air in my tires yesterday, and noticed a small leak on my right rear axle seal, as a small area of diff. oil had dripped down my rear wheel on to the ground. Our motorhome has been sitting in the same spot for about 2 months waiting for the snow to melt.

Of course our Workhorse Service dealer is closed this weekend, but With less than a week and a half to go before our trip to Florida, I'm wondering if our local Workhorse Service would have these in stock or will I have to wait for them to order this? Is this small leak a big deal and would it be ok to just go on vacation and then replace the seal after we get back?
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I was checking the air in my tires yesterday, and noticed a small leak on my right rear axle seal, as a small area of diff. oil had dripped down my rear wheel on to the ground. Our motorhome has been sitting in the same spot for about 2 months waiting for the snow to melt.

Of course our Workhorse Service dealer is closed this weekend, but With less than a week and a half to go before our trip to Florida, I'm wondering if our local Workhorse Service would have these in stock or will I have to wait for them to order this? Is this small leak a big deal and would it be ok to just go on vacation and then replace the seal after we get back?
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Old 05-20-2007, 04:37 AM   #3
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FR RVER, a leaking rear wheel seal is indicative of a wheel bearing going bad. It does not have to be noisy to be bad . The only worrisome part is that differential lube on the brake parts is bad news. Always change bearing and seal at same time.
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Old 05-20-2007, 08:03 AM   #4
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Had the passenger side seal go out on the first long trip we took in our Brave. Noticed it during a walk around after a rest stop on our way to Canada. Saw that lube oil was running down the tires. Next day we had it replaces under warranty in a little over an hour in Northwestern VA. No more leaks and we have driven 30k+ miles after that with no bearing problems.
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Old 05-20-2007, 10:08 AM   #5
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Is it leaking on the front side or the back side of the wheel,one is a 20 minute repair the other is much longer.The parts are a normal stocking item.
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Brazels RV Performance:
Is it leaking on the front side or the back side of the wheel,one is a 20 minute repair the other is much longer.The parts are a normal stocking item. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Mike, it is on the outside of the wheel...looks like its a leak behind a plastic gasket under about 10 bolts. Is this the short repair with the gasket in stock? Im under time constraints.
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Old 05-20-2007, 11:56 AM   #7
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We change leaky seals all the time without changing the bearings on trucks.
You should be able to find a seal in stock, even for a WH, in the Denver area.
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">We change leaky seals all the time without changing the bearings on trucks. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>


Its usually a case where if a failing bearing allows the axle to wobble around (run out) and in the process destroys the seal,with metal coming off the bearing cutting the seal too. In that case its a "both" deal. Far more common, just a failed seal, and inactivity can cause this to occur, a seal replacement is all it takes.. Just sitting still for a long time, lets the surface of the axle that uses the seal to flatten the seal on the top due to the clearance between the axle and the bearing...rgr...
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I don't know... I do know that the Workhorse Authorized Service Dealer I visit (Joe Panian Chevrolet in Southfield MI) says it takes them two weeks to get anything out of Workhorse.

So the fuel clip recall (Which by the way is a GM recall) They told me one Monday afternoon that it would take them 2 hours to get the part (Not that they don't have dozens of them in stock for chevy engines, same engine, same part)

I had the part in hand 6pm that evening, Workhorse delivered it to me. (Well the national service manager, on his way home) Nice guy.
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If you don't already have this info... try calling Transwest Truck Parts in Denver. Just about anytime I've called in the past they had the part I needed.

Their # is 800-289-3161 or 800-340-9041
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Yes your seal is the easy one to replace.In a pinch a nice bead of silicone,works better.IMHO
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Mike, would that be the "form a gasket" stuff that comes in a tube?

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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Brazels RV Performance:
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Yes your seal is the easy one to replace.In a pinch a nice bead of silicone,works better.IMHO </div></BLOCKQUOTE>
Good idea.
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Silicone, now that's good to know!
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