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Old 05-12-2014, 12:02 PM   #1
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Rear axle seal

The left rear axel seal is leaking again, it was replaced around 1500 miles ago. Any body have any ideas why it would be leaking again. And also where is the breather tube for the rear located. '96 f53 under a '96 Winnie Adventurer thanks Rick
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Old 05-13-2014, 03:30 PM   #2
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The left rear axel seal is leaking again, it was replaced around 1500 miles ago. Any body have any ideas why it would be leaking again. And also where is the breather tube for the rear located. '96 f53 under a '96 Winnie Adventurer thanks Rick
rubber hose on top edge of axle housing leading to clip on frame rail . I used some window screen and hose clamp to end to keep bugs out building nest,mud dabbers etc. when plugged will build up pressure and cause seals to leak
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Changed the axel seal a few weeks ago, cleaned breather tube it was blocked at fitting.We went camping in Quakertown this weekend , 30 miles each way, arrived home and noticed the seal leaking, anybody have any ideas why it is leaking? Checked it when we arrived on friday and was dry.
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Old 06-15-2014, 09:49 PM   #4
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Rick,
I'm not sure how that system is set up so I can't give you any exact ideas. I'm sure before long some Ford experts will add their comments.

This I know. Just because we install a new part does not always mean that the part was good. Or it may have been damaged during the install. I've put in and supervised putting hundreds of them in so anything is possible.

I had a worn bearing housing once which allowed the axle to move which wallowed the new seal and the leak started again.

It's possible that the seal was packaged incorrectly resulting in the wrong seal being installed.

Maybe poster #2 hit it with pressure building in the housing because of plugged vent tube.

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Usually when I replace an axle seal (full floater axle) I will clean the hub tube and use emery cloth to finish up removing any rust and imperfections in the surface where the seal rides. Also make sure you use the correct installation tool for the seal. Just a slight tweek of the seal will cause it not to seal correctly. For the vent, remove it and use a coat hanger to push any cob webs out of it. Believe it or not, cob webs cause issues. Compressed air will not do any good. For some reason beyond my explanation cob webs cause issues like this and you can still blow compressed air through the tube. I would also make sure there are no marks on the sealing surface and use an axle seal from a Ford dealer.
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Look for any signs of grooving or wear on the axle hub. Might need to install a wear sleeve. Make sure the seal was for a oil filled hub and not a greased bearing hub. Did you match the seal number from the old seal to the new seal. Ford and several builders change seals and gaskets mid production, and you need to douple check for a match.
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