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Old 01-09-2020, 10:03 PM   #1
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Front wheel/hub oil seal

Leaking front wheel axle hub seal. Left front. How difficult to replace? Special tools required? Granning IFS 1260S on Spartan Mountain Master chassis.
Took a real beating from pot holes and bad bridge joints on trip from Michigan to Nevada. Suspect that may have aided in creating the leak. Haven't removed the moon style hub cap yet. Perhaps the sight window is damaged.
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If you're talking the Stemco hub leaking, that's easy to replace the gasket. 6 bolts, new gasket, and refill with new 80/90 gear oil to fill line. Sometimes the plastic oil plug will fall out. You can either replace the plug or even the whole site glass hub as they are about $20 new. I am replacing mine because the plastic sight glass is cloudy...they are cheap.
Now, if you're talking a hub seal (inner towards knuckle) they are about $60 each and take considerable more time to replace as the entire wheel, brake assembly, and hub have to come off. Good Luck !
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Thanks Meames1!
I'll be checking it out closer today and look for a local parts source.
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Turns out just the filler plug popped out. Simple fix!
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The filler plug has a very tiny bleed hole right in the center.

This allows the air in hub to expand and contract as the hub gets operating temp.

If the hole gets stopped up it'll pop out or sometimes cause the wheel seals to leak.

Using a straighten out paper clip, you can clean hole out.
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Take care not to over-fill!. The thick hub oil takes several minutes to self-level. There are only 2 types of Stemco hub caps, those with 6 bolts, those with 5 bolts. Take a picture with your cell phone to show the parts guy.
I used heavy paper to make a chute to direct my old oil into a container when I used the 1'8" pipe drain plug.
Oops, just noticed you solved the problem, sorry.
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Thanks Mackwrench and Ray,In
Good advice and knowledge which helps now and in the future!
I always read your posts when I see them as you both have much sage advice and wisdom.
Thank you for serving our community so well.

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