Replaced the Differential Pinion Seal this Weekend!
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    Replaced the Differential Pinion Seal this Weekend!

    Well on Saturday, I decided to replace the pinion seal and flange as my rover smelled like yellow stone national park after every drive (good old diff fluid hitting the exahust manifold). It looked easy enough on the site with a good step by step procedure to follow, I was WRONG. I ended up spending 5 hours under the thing wrenching away at the drive shaft finally getting it off. The the nut inside holding the flange on was the easy part with an impact driver. The hardest part was pulling the stupid seal out. I rented a gear puller which was a very crappy one that did not do the job. I tried a screw driver as the instructional states not to use, and it was right, that did not work AT ALL, so don't bother. I ended up using some 6" needle nose plyers that had a 70* angle at the end and spread them out so I could pull on the base and top untill finally it came flying out. I pounded the new one in (also took awhile) and put it all back together, and NO LEAK! . Best of all, the slack that was in the drive system is gone too! Some things I noticed that would have been a problem is that if i pulled the (forgive the hack job) thing that the flange connects to, all the bearings would have probably fallen everywhere, so make sure that it is properly seated the entire time. I coud be wrong but, I wiggled it out a little accidently and I nearly had a heart attack thinking the worst, thankfully nothing happened. Just a heads up for some of you who might be planning on doing this, better safe than sorry, or in this case, better careful than cursing.
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    Re: Replaced the Differential Pinion Seal this Weekend!

    Hey, thanks for the heads-up. I could just imagine your face, just about to face a heart attack, with the possibility of the bearings all spilling out. Anyways, good to hear that you came out of it unscathed...
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