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driver side front axle seal replacement

How do I replace the axle seale on my 2008 silverado

driver side front axle seal replacement

Postby jvnascar_3 [OP] » Jun 07 2012, 6:57pm

I have a driver front axle seal leaking on my 2008 silverado and just kind of need some advice. I've looked at it several times and the more i look at it it seems that I cam change it without taking the whole driver side suspension apart. does anyone have any idea if this is possible?
I can buy the seal for around $12, I just dont want to start on it and find out that it is more then I can handle alone. Not to mention if I do it myself it will save me about $150.
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Re: driver side front axle seal replacement

Postby ASTE25 » Jun 07 2012, 10:14pm

I'm thinking all you have to remove is the shaft. To remove it you will have to remove the hub from the steering knuckle. I'm not sure if the shaft will fit through the hole in the knuckle, but I believe it will. Once you get the shaft out it should be an easy fix.
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Re: driver side front axle seal replacement

Postby jvnascar_3 [OP] » Jun 08 2012, 2:06am

Yeah that is what I was kind of thinking, but everything I've read online says to pop the ball joints out and everything. It just dosent look like that is all necessary. I'll post results and steps on how I done it when I actually get time to get it done.
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Re: driver side front axle seal replacement

Postby ASTE25 » Jun 08 2012, 8:37am

That would be good. Good luck.
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Re: driver side front axle seal replacement

Postby DOHCtorDrew » Jun 10 2012, 2:40pm

i am a master tech at a chevrolet dealer and YES you can do it without taking the whole suspension apart ....

jack the truck as high as possible
remove the front wheels
remove the front strut assembly 3x 18mm nuts on top and 2x 15mm bolts from the bottom and pry the lower arm down to get it out of there , now you have enough room to unbolt the 6x 15mm bolts and move the axle out of the way
no once you have enough clearance take block of wood and hammer and knock the stub shaft out of the differential housing its only held in with a snap ring
now pry out the old seal and tap in the new one
re-assemble and congratulate yourself for saving some $$$$$
dont forget to top off the fluid once its back on the ground and level
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Re: driver side front axle seal replacement

Postby jvnascar_3 [OP] » Jun 15 2012, 3:37am

Thanks, I plan on tackling this on Monday. I'll post and let y'all know how it goes.
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Re: driver side front axle seal replacement

Postby ASTE25 » Jun 15 2012, 3:50am

Good luck.
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Re: driver side front axle seal replacement

Postby jvnascar_3 [OP] » Jun 15 2012, 6:31pm

Okay so I was just thinking about how this is done, and just want to makesure that the strut assembly doesn't fly apart in my face when I do this. Is this something that can happen or will it stay together doing it this way?


DOHCtorDrew wrote:i am a master tech at a chevrolet dealer and YES you can do it without taking the whole suspension apart ....

jack the truck as high as possible
remove the front wheels
remove the front strut assembly 3x 18mm nuts on top and 2x 15mm bolts from the bottom and pry the lower arm down to get it out of there , now you have enough room to unbolt the 6x 15mm bolts and move the axle out of the way
no once you have enough clearance take block of wood and hammer and knock the stub shaft out of the differential housing its only held in with a snap ring
now pry out the old seal and tap in the new one
re-assemble and congratulate yourself for saving some $$$$
dont forget to top off the fluid once its back on the ground and
level
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Re: driver side front axle seal replacement

Postby ASTE25 » Jun 15 2012, 10:24pm

As long as you don't take the big nut loose in the center of the strut mount it should stay caged and not be a problem.
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Re: driver side front axle seal replacement

Postby jvnascar_3 [OP] » Jun 18 2012, 4:04am

Well I decided sence I was on vacation this week that I would tackle the seal tonight. Lets just say that after about 10 minutes in I had to make a 30 minute trip to my father in-laws bolt bin. The first thing I did was twist off the heads of the 2-15mm bolts at the bottom of the strut. Had to drive them out and just got 2 3/8 bolts to replace them. Now to finish the job and go to bed.
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