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Old 04-15-2013, 07:50 PM   #1
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Rear axel seal

The left rear axel seal started leaking as I pulled into campground Fri. night. what a nightmare with insur.co with towing,(a long story) ended up leaving the RV at C/G. Spoke to my mechanic and we will go and replace it on Sat. morn., only 30 miles away. He's going to pick up the parts and has the necessary tools to remove the nut that holds the seal/bearing in.The right side was replaced 2 yrs. ago, I should of had him do left side also,hindsite 20/20. Any body have and advice or helpful tips to look out for. thanks Rick
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Old 04-15-2013, 09:39 PM   #2
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I replaced my left seal last week. I had the mechanic order the inner and outer bearings and races as well. I am glad I did because both bearings had damage...which is probably why the seal was leaking. Two hours of labor for all...out the door price $611.44 to replace everything.
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Old 04-22-2013, 07:34 PM   #3
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We fixed the seal, less than 2 hours total time. As Mike (my mechanic) pulled the caliper off, it was a little tight to remove, he noticed the rubber seals were burnt, he thinks the caliper locked,and wouldn't fully return. I did smell a burnning rubber smell just as I pulled into campground,and the brake pedal felt funny when applying the brakes. So a trip to the Ford dealer for calipers, I replaced the 2 front 2 yrs. ago. Rebuilt from the Ford dealer, they were around $70.00 each.Mike clamped the bad caliper hose with vice grips for the ride home just to kepp it from locking up again.
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Old 04-22-2013, 09:42 PM   #4
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Keep Disc Brakes Operating Trouble Free==1997 & Older F53 (1999 & Newer?)

At least every third year--
1. Suction out Hydraulic Brake Reservoir.
2. Remove Right Rear Wheels & push Caliper Pistons into Caliper Body.
3. Repeat # 1. and fill Reservoir with New Brake Fluid.
4. Caliper must slide on greased V Rail with Special Grease.
5. Bleed Caliper until fluid is clear While adding Brake Fluid to Reservoir as needed.
6. Install wheels & repeat on Left Rear==Right Front==Left Front (Always adding New Brake Fluid to Reservoir as needed)
7. When traveling down very steep grades, Downshift Transmission to Same Gear that you would use to Travel Uphill.
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leaking wheel seal

check axle vent tube, bugs will plug up tube and cause pressure to build up and blow out seals. i put screen at end of tube with a hose clamp no more problems
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HI Dwight, thanks for tip, I am replacing both rear calipers, hoses and slide pins, and was planning to flush master cylinder,went to local parts store and got the prices today, calipers $63. ea. Thanks again

Hi jmo4x5x I'll have to check to see if the breather tube is blocked,Thanks
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