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Brand new axle seal fell out!!! WHY????

Had an axle seal leak on drivers side yesterday,so a friend of mine came over and replaced both sides with brand new GM seals.Well,I drove it today and noticed the passengers side leaking now!!!I took the wheel off and sure enough the seal was completely out of the housing.It was a brand new seal!!!What would cause this to happen?It's been suggeted to me that We should have used lock tite on the new seals.Also been told that if the vent is clogged up on the rear end that it'll cause one to blow out.Checked the vent,it seemed fine(I could blow through it).Would lock tite be the fix it for this problem or could it be something else???Please help if you can.

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No surprises here.I've worked with lots of seals and this is not uncommon.Loctite around the seal is good[read Jimmy's rsponse on the "other" board].What I have done on brake rotor seals is to gently ding a series of small tits around the top,outside corner with a flat blade chisel.Then I just tap in place.The corner I'm talking about is the one that you see on the od of the seal at the end of the axle tube when the seal is in place[the parting line].This creates a bit of an interference fit to retain the seal without damaging the housing of the diff.Add some Loctite when you install the seal,and you should be good to go.Hope that helps a bit.Post back and let me know how it goes or if you have any more questions.

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Thanks for that idea.We'll be working on it again Monday evening.I'll post how it went.If anybody else would like to throw us any more helpful hints,We'd appreciate it!!!

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I should probably clarify my procedure a bit.When you do the dings,have the seal laying down flat,large opening towards the table.Waht you want to do is to put a series of little dents around the outside diameter of the top corner.NOT the bottom edge or you'll have a heck of a time inserting the seal.You'll ruin the tapered lead.The dings should look like a pinwheel around the outside of the seal face.Don't ding the edges too much.You don't need much in the way of bumps to create the interference to retain the seal.Hope that explains it better.

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This may sound really technical,but about how many dings do you put around it? Should I one at 1 o'clock,2 o'clock etc,etc.,so that I end up with 12 dings all the way around it?

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Six should probably do it.Remember,downwards on the top,outside corner.Have fun and let us know how it goes.

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Strange that would happen? What kind of axles are you using? Are you using the clip eliminater? I use the Loktite 515 purple flange sealer on all my seals it works great for me! Gene

[This message has been edited by ILBCNU6 (edited December 12, 2001).]
 
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