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PostSubject: Rear Axle Seals   Thu Aug 20, 2015 9:58 pm

Has anyone here replaced rear axle seals on a 58 Plymouth? Big job? Special tools? My manual does not go into great detail.

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PostSubject: Re: Rear Axle Seals   Fri Aug 21, 2015 5:25 am

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iMHeQRtMJmI

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xlSPx1IoCVc

The hardest part will be the brake drum removal. Tapered axle with a key. Most people buy a very heavy duty puller. But try before you buy! Marc.


http://www.forwardlook.net/forums/forums/thread-view.asp?tid=26818

http://www.imperialclub.com/Repair/Axle/index.htm





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PostSubject: Re: Rear Axle Seals   Fri Aug 21, 2015 7:00 pm

Here is the rear axle seals from Kanter Auto Products. They also offer the front axle seals too.

https://www.kanter.com/content/Plymouth/kanter_Plymouth_1958_Wheel_Bearings_and_Seals_139694.html
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PostSubject: Re: Rear Axle Seals   Tue Aug 25, 2015 6:07 am

Two good videos but they don't show you using the puller to get the drum off. That's the hardest part. That tapered set-up can be a real bear to get off. I bought my puller on eBay used and cost me less than $100.00 with shipping. The puller is heavy so shipping was high. When you get ready to put those drums back on, coat the tapered area with "Never Seize" so in case you have to pull it out again it won't be too hard to get it apart.
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PostSubject: Re: Rear Axle Seals   Wed Aug 26, 2015 10:13 am

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Two good videos but they don't show you using the puller to get the drum off.  That's the hardest part.  That tapered set-up can be a real bear to get off.  I bought my puller on eBay used and cost me less than $100.00 with shipping.  The puller is heavy so shipping was high.  When you get ready to put those drums back on, coat the tapered area with "Never Seize" so in case you have to pull it out again it won't be too hard to get it apart.

That's just what I was looking for Ron...I wanted to see the steps leading up to removing the brake drum. I'm trying to do that now...without success. I also bought one of those heavy duty original type pullers off of e-bay several years ago. I'm finally getting to use it now (lucky me Rolling Eyes )

I take it the big nut with the cotter pin gets loosened but stays on to insure the drum doesn't fly off...while trying to pull the drum. I backed off the brake pad adjustments.. somewhere around the center as I notice turning them to the extremes makes the brake pad tight to the drum.

So I have the drum puller on the drum...three wheel bolts tight....holding the drum from spinning with my left hand and hitting the puller arm with a big hammer with my right hand...but nothing's happening. How much should I keep hammering...turning the arm little by little until this drum will pop off? When it does pop off hopefully it won't be too explosive? Sad  Kind of nerve racking right now...I walked away from it.

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PostSubject: Re: Rear Axle Seals   Wed Aug 26, 2015 12:59 pm

Some people apply a little heat to the hub area. And yes some are very, very stubborn, so you may need a new drum or something...brake shoes backed off? Some one in the imperial club makes really heavy duty drum removers out of very thick plate steel, I will look for the link, oh, lunch time is over....Marc.

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PostSubject: Re: Rear Axle Seals   Fri Aug 28, 2015 6:48 am

Ok...I managed to get the drums off both rears. Not as bad as I thought thank God. cheers Now...the driver rear which I knew was leaking...appears to be only from the wheel cylinder, not the axle. Even though the axle seal does not appear to be leaking, should I replace it anyways while I'm in here? From what I hear...this is the outer axle seal that I see on the backing plate. There's also an inner axle seal which I cannot see unless I pull the axle out correct? How does one know if an inner axle seal is shot and needs replacing??

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PostSubject: Re: Rear Axle Seals   Sun Aug 30, 2015 3:59 pm

If I went through all the work you have, I would replace the seals. Don't forget the seals are probably quite a few years old.
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