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Old 01-31-2019, 08:24 AM   #1
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Leaking axle seal?

The other day I noticed a couple of oil spots on the ground just inside of the inner dual wheels on the passenger side. Upon further investigation (I lifted the motorhome and looked from underneath), I saw that the outside of the rear axle drum brake housing had oil stains (towards the wheel and only about the first inch or two but all around the outside).

I am presuming that this is an axle seal leak of some kind.
Has anybody else experienced this?
How involved/expensive to repair?
Can I make my next 600 mile trip or is in 'get it repaired immediately and feel lucky that you caught it while you were standing still' lol?
Can I just go to a truck repair place or do I need to go to a specialist (I hear Colton Truck in Los Angeles used to be the recommended place by CC for mainline repairs but they're an hour plus away and I would need to miss my trip for that level of repair)?

Just as an FYI, 2007 Intrigue 40' with Cat C13 and tag axle pulling a 22' enclosed trailer, approx. 75k on odometer, coach was purchased a year ago and seems to be in good shape so far (ie, no other leaks except roof seals which were just re-done).
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Old 01-31-2019, 08:56 AM   #2
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Any truck place can replace the inner wheel seal.

If its leaking, you will get gear oil, and probably already have, on the brakes while driving.

As the grease leaks out, its refilled by the differential, until that gets low on oil.

Sometimes seals fail due to loose or failing wheel bearings, get it fixed soon.

Its a few, maybe 3 hour job.
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Old 01-31-2019, 09:03 AM   #3
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Same thing happened on my coach when I first got it. Axle seal went south and leaked into the drum area. Saturated the brakes so I had to replace the brakes, including busting the glaze on the drums and arching the shoes. Since it happened on the PS I had them do the DS as well plus bust the glaze on the fronts as well. Good news was my dealer did it all under warranty

Depending on how bad the leak is it's your call on driving or repairing.

Most heavy duty truck shops can do this type of repair. Its not RV specific.

Good luck....
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Old 01-31-2019, 09:35 AM   #4
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I had my axle seal leak last fall. I found a truck repair shop, they had it replaced in a couple of hours and about $250 I was back on the road.
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Thanks to all, went to a local trucking place...they're expecting 2 hours. I'll be going there in the am to get this done.
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Old 02-05-2019, 07:24 PM   #6
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Coming back to close this one out...

Just got the MH back today. They had trouble finding the brake shoes (in Los Angeles !), I guess they were special. LOL

Regardless, they said the axle seals had been leaking along time and the shoes were soaked (both sides). Replaced the shoes, seals, pulled and repacked the bearings and used 2 brake kits. Parts were $710, Labor was 4 hours (he said it took the tech 8 but they couldn't charge that), labor $540. Total, $1350.

The pedal does feel better and so does the stopping--something I questioned on my initial test drive last year before I bought it. Consolation is there's no price on safety.
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Thanks for closing the loop on this thread. I had the same thing happen but on the front axle. The cost to repair mine was nearly identical to yours. Couldnít agree more you canít put a price on the cost of safety.
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