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Old 02-28-2010, 05:24 PM   #1
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Rear wheel gear oil seal leaking

I have a 95 F53 with a rear end gear oil seal leak on the right rear wheel. I think I know how to replace the seal but would sure be grateful it if someone can go over the steps for replacing the seal as well as mention any special tools that may be required.

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Welcome ArTravler to irv2,
Not sure this link will help but has info on F-53 replacement seals. Give it a try if not maybe we will hear from someone else.
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Is it the bearing seal or the seal at the axle end?
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Thanks for the help. Just what I needed!!! I already have the Ford Axle Locknut Socket but was not aware of the Step Plate for use with the puller. I will get the step plate to make sure I do the job correctly.

The workshop manual pages give a lot more detail and cautions on how to perform the job.

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Is it the bearing seal or the seal at the axle end?
I have not torn into it yet but I am pretty sure it will be the bearing seal on the inboard side of the wheel. The gear oil can be seen on the inside of inboard rim of the dual wheels so I guess the oil is leaking from the bearing seal. It looks like the axle seal is an O-ring on the outboard side of the wheel hub. I think if I had a leak there the oil would be visible in other places.

I am third owner of the unit but it has good historical maintenance records. The records show this wheel had a problem with the brake caliper locking up as well as a leaking seal back around 2001. The caliper was replaced and a new seal installed.
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ArTravler, Please note that the information you received is for a 2000 F53. Your axle assembly is different. You don't have a ratching nut like in the 2000 instructions and you don't need the plate. You have two nuts and a tabbed washer that contain the bearings. Remove the bearing nuts and caliper and slide the rotor/hub assembly off.

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ArTravler, Please note that the information you received is for a 2000 F53. Your axle assembly is different. You don't have a ratching nut like in the 2000 instructions and you don't need the plate. You have two nuts and a tabbed washer that contain the bearings. Remove the bearing nuts and caliper and slide the rotor/hub assembly off.

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Thanks Richard,

I believe you are correct!

I have a copy of the 1996 Ford F53 Service Guide. The diagrams do show a hub locknut Part Number 4252. It does require a special spanner to remove the nut. The spaner part number is D78T-1197-A which I have on hand. There is no mention of a ratcheting nut so I figure the plain old lock nut is used in place of the ratcheting nut.

I am still finishing up some interior refurbishing before I start on the wheel work.

Thanks to everyone for their help on this subject. I will publish photos as I do the work for any future DIY who may need references.



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