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Driver front axle shaft play and leakage

Driver front axle shaft play and leakage

Postby joeawood87 [OP] » Apr 21 2017, 3:33am

Ok, first off, my truck is a 2011 Sierra. The axle stub shaft that slides into the differential has some play and is starting to leak. I know if you knock the stub shaft out, you can remove the seal, but can you also remove the bearing as well? I really don't want to have to drop the diff and open up the case just to change that bearing. Can it be done with the differential left in the truck? Thanks for any advice!
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Re: Driver front axle shaft play and leakage

Postby ASTE25 » Apr 21 2017, 6:57am

I an pretty sure you have to disassemble the carrier to replace the gears. I am not 100% sure if you do if you just want to replace the needle bearings though.
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Re: Driver front axle shaft play and leakage

Postby joeawood87 [OP] » Apr 21 2017, 7:39am

Yeah, not wanting to replace the gears.. just the seal and bearing on the driver side output stub shaft
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Re: Driver front axle shaft play and leakage

Postby chev-mekanik » Apr 21 2017, 8:37am

You would be surprised on how much play is considered acceptable.
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Re: Driver front axle shaft play and leakage

Postby joeawood87 [OP] » Apr 21 2017, 9:31am

Well, the seal is leaking. There also hasn't been this much play in the shaft since I've had the truck. The passenger side has no play at all. I know a lot of people say the same thing you said about being surprised at how much play they allow... but I know the difference between "play" and the whole shaft moving up, down, and side to side.
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Re: Driver front axle shaft play and leakage

Postby joeawood87 [OP] » Apr 21 2017, 9:32am

It's more than just "play"
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Re: Driver front axle shaft play and leakage

Postby ASTE25 » Apr 21 2017, 10:35am

^^^Yes, it sounds like "work" is in your future.
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Re: Driver front axle shaft play and leakage

Postby jhtuck » Apr 22 2017, 2:32am

Just changed the driver side seal on mine because of leaking and the bearing because I thought it was a bit sloppy, not bad but since I was in there I changed both seal&bearing. Not too bad of a job.
Disconnect CV at stub, attach slide hammer to stub and pull it out.
Pull seal with seal puller.
Use blind beairng puller to remove bearing.
Install new bearing with hammer/chunk of 2x4.
Install new seal.
Install stub shaft.
Reattach CV shaft.

That's the overview. Can provide details if needed. Mine is a 2011 Silverado LTZ 4WD of course.

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Re: Driver front axle shaft play and leakage

Postby joeawood87 [OP] » Apr 22 2017, 7:46am

Bro!! You're a life saver!! That's exactly what I wanted to hear is that it can be done that easily and without have to do it from the inside (pulling diff out and cracking open the case). Where did you order the seal and bearing from? Do you have part numbers by any chance?


jhtuck wrote:Just changed the driver side seal on mine because of leaking and the bearing because I thought it was a bit sloppy, not bad but since I was in there I changed both seal&bearing. Not too bad of a job.
Disconnect CV at stub, attach slide hammer to stub and pull it out.
Pull seal with seal puller.
Use blind beairng puller to remove bearing.
Install new bearing with hammer/chunk of 2x4.
Install new seal.
Install stub shaft.
Reattach CV shaft.

That's the overview. Can provide details if needed. Mine is a 2011 Silverado LTZ 4WD of course.

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Re: Driver front axle shaft play and leakage

Postby jhtuck » Apr 24 2017, 12:42am

I got the seal and bearing off of rock auto. Not sure what the part numbers where but they are easy to find on rockauto. I think i bought the timkwn bearing cause everyone said thwy are good.
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