How To Replace The Right Front Axle Seal, 2000 Chevy Suburban 4X4.




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ArmaAceChannel: I put UV dye in my Sierra 5.3 engine oil and went under the hood tonight and noticed my driver side axle is glowing. not from the dye i dont think but maybe the color of the fluid glew natural under the light. its weird because my engine has been loosing oil and have to ad quart every month. starting to think all that oil splashed on my oil pan and bell housing is all just from the axle. Can older cars loose oil thru regular combustion?

Jim Gold: Motor wiring that locks axle in place. You think that would be a HUGE focal point when doing a DIY video for people. Where is this wiring and motor located?

kenman1717: Very informative. Did you have much trouble dropping that axle tube down once you unbolted it? Sometimes they are a pain, and you pretty much have to unbolt the whole front diff so you can change its angle to get the tube off, and some times you even have to take out that right cv axle. I think it has a lot to do with year and whether its a 1/2 ton or 3/4 ton, I can't remember exactly. Another question, that washer you pulled out that had the ears on it that just sat in the slots of the tube, was there another washer with it. The older ones usually have 2 washers, one with ears and one regular, and they make up a certain thickness but if you ever need to replace them there is a new update one with ears that is thicker, that replaces both. I have ran into that before took everything apart to do the seal and one ear was missing and ground up in that sliding sprocket and gear.

sj p: Do you have to drain the gear oil in order to replace seals?

RICKAFIX: mine has the leak to but mostly annoying to see. But those roller bearings would be effected by a leaking seal only if all the fluid leaked out??? Pulling off those would be the next step before i pull the plug on a rebuild. I'll see If I can record it tomorrow before and after i Install the axles. Thanks Spelunkerd....l

Chris Wheeler: When you get a chance will you look at my videos and look at the one that is 3 seconds long and tell me if you think the bearing in there could be the caise of the grinding and popping noise?

Chris Wheeler: Ill try to capture the sounds its making in a video and post if online.

Chris Wheeler: Do you know anything about that bearing inside there? Do you know signs of it going bad?

carlosvalles91: Is it the same prosedure on a 99 blazer 4x4???

raul martinez: great video need to that to left side will that be the same steps for pulling the axle but what in working on is a 93 chevy 4x4 3500 dually axles look the same

spelunkerd: That's never happened to me, Bruce. Briansmobile1 alluded to this in his video and I think if that happens you may have to put it back in place from the inside with a long set of pliers. You might have to remove the diff and get at it from the other side. Did this happen to you? If it did, I would appreciate you recording your experience here to improve the thread for anybody who reads this later. Bad luck!

spelunkerd: On the right side, usually easy. On the left, variable but either easy or hard. A TSB was released for the left saying to rock the axle up and down to center that ring clip, to allow axial pressure to squeeze it inward and allow the axle to come off. My left seal is leaking a little, so when I have time I'll video the left.

Matt Kelly: Thanks. As far as the guts go the 95 seems to have the same set up as the the suburban as far as assembly goes. Different seals and parts im sure but these videos will help with a large range of years and models of chevy/gmc vehicles. Good stuff thanks for the video and references

sambeano024: Just wanted to tell you thanks for posting this. After seeing your video, I've replaced the outer seals, left and right, of both my '88 Chevy truck and my wife's '93 GMC Suburban. Same set up, more or less. Seems you've got a little more maneuvering room under the newer models, because I had to wind up dropping the entire diff after removing the right tube, to do the left side.

spelunkerd: @airdoct Thanks for recording your experience, for those who later view this video. I wondered if that medial shaft was held in with a C-clip, and I wondered if it would require dismantling the diff to get it back in. Glad it wasn't too difficult. Dave

Matt Kelly: agreed. spinning helps. I was smashing the thing with no luck until i finally spun it in the right position and it only took a good whack. I believe if you look very closely at the axle splines you can see the splines where the retaining washer is suppose to go are worn/rounded more at the top. I could have also been drunk and delusional so dont quote me on that

spelunkerd: You're welcome, Bryce. I'm just editing a full video of the left side axle seal. I did a much better job of documenting it this time -- it should be ready in a week. Dave

spelunkerd: As I recall, GM modified the design of their trucks between 1995 and 2000, and so it may well be different. I'll have a look tomorrow -- if I can read the numbers I can list them off for you, though even then it would be a guess. As you know, the most reliable way to get parts is to have the old part in hand when you go to the parts store, though getting to the store without a vehicle is sometimes a problem.

URTARDS2: The title, it says how to replace the right front axle seal... But you never shown which seal is the wrong seal.

spelunkerd: When I look back at this video, it's not a great or thorough effort. Mainly it was done to supplement the video Briansmobile1 did, which was complicated by a camera malfunction half way through. I guess I could have done a shot of it all put back together, but I doubt it would add much. Sorry, I can't help with the roller bearing since mine was OK and never replaced. What motivated me to do the video was absence of others -- you might pay it forward and post one. Thanks for the sub!

Matt Kelly: its just a shot in the dark. the diagrams i have been able to find show the exact same set up. doesnt mean ratios, lengths etc. are the same but it would be nice to know how similar the guts are

spelunkerd: @memorycdrew I understand. One other thing I could have done is remove the axle and that way make room to pull the axle tube straight out laterally. But looking back at this, the way I did it was also very simple and easy. If I had to do it again I probably would do it the same way I did it here.

Broc Bell: I just replaced mine, and the only problem I came across was getting the gear with the retaining ring back on the axle shaft. Took quite a few good smacks but it finally went.

spelunkerd: Thanks for the followup, Matt. Nice to meet you. Dave

06summit: video was well put together, briansmobile1 was good for removing it. thanks for the info

URTARDS2: Which seal is the wrong one?

spelunkerd: Thanks, David. When I look back at this video, it's not nearly as good as others I've done. But it does include details that weren't shown elsewhere, and I'm glad it is still useful. I'll guess that yours is probably similar, but you should look for a dealers manual for more info. Even slight differences could be critically important.

Matt Kelly: any chance of getting the part number off of the shaft housing assembly? Im about to tackle my 95 gmc k1500 and just want to confirm that it is a different model bc the national seal part number called for a 71010 and looks way different from the one you have installed. My housing number is 26033234-2 it should be raised numbers visible from underneath.

spelunkerd: Thanks for the feedback. When I can get to it I'm planning on doing the driver's side.

spelunkerd: I crawled under and had a look. My number is 26058833 with F-11 underneath that. Good luck, Matt.

memorycdrew: Hey man, its quite simple to remove the swap bar end links. Just put vise grips on the lower threaded plate and blast out the bolt with the impact. Pretty simple if you ask me.

Peter Paradis: Great video, the H3 has the same basic assembly. I was going to go to a dealership, but now I may tackle this at home. Thanks.

MRTIM49017: how hard is it to get that gear off the axle shaft itself so you can pull the axle out of the tube?

sambeano024: Not sure how much of a difference there is between the GMT400 platform and the 800 platform, but on the '88 to '98 series, you can't take the left side CV axle out, unless you remove the upper ball joint and throw out your alignment, doing it that way. or just take the whole diff assembly out. And if the CV axle stays in, not enough room to drive the stub shaft out. I wanted to remove it and thoroughly clean it, since it has been getting water in the gear lube.

spelunkerd: @bearing01 Thank you, John. Of course the best way to do this is to film it as each step is done. That method is time consuming, and sometimes you run into technical problems regarding the video. As much as I prefer to watch that method, I used a quicker approach with this, filming part way through. It's not perfect but hopefully it gets the important parts across. Dave.

Bruce Thorne: i think you forgot to menshion what if the lock ring does not stay in the gear and it comes out with the axel what to do then.

Bryce Miles: thanks for the attention to detail .... you just saved me a bunch of time.

DirTyOhGee: DANG!!! That looks like a process! Good job and good video...I own a 2001 Chevy Silverado...I feel like going out and checking the axle seals now.

spelunkerd: Thanks.

bearing01: I didn't watch the other videos you recommended. Your video seemed quite informative and I'm sure it will help others facing this problem. Thanks /John

supermotofreak14: My 08 2500 had the same set up basically. I have to replace that bearing. It's shot and causes a vibration in 4x.

spelunkerd: I'm sorry, I am not understanding your question.

david jenson: great video and attention to detail. Do you think my 1999 tahoe 4wd is the same?

spelunkerd: Thanks for your feedback! My left is starting to leak, and Alldata don't say anything about dropping the diff. Did you have trouble getting the medial stub shaft out after removing the left CV axle?

briansmobile1: Great video! I would love to host this as a video response to mine.

bbyeahwhatever: Very helpful! Thanks!

NAHAAFB: Medial aspect, how cerebral of you. I like your channel you do a good job explaining each steep and any issues that one might encounter.

spelunkerd: Not sure. That 2000 year there was a design change, but axles tend to be used for many consecutive years.

Bryce Miles: 5 or 6 good strikes with a rubber mallet. i had a leaking seal and a little racket when in four wheel drive. After the gear came off the axle shaft, i noticed that the washer with the two flanges that seats against the tube was damaged. i could have possibly done it while smacking it with the rubber mallet but i highly doubt it, i didn't use that much force. There were no flanges, & the washer was inside the tube and had rotated to a funny angle. hopefully this solves my noise!

Myke W: @spelunkerd The inner axle that came out was just free floating, no "c" clips on either side to hold it in. It just added about 6 inches to to right axle shaft assembly when I took it out so I had to pry the differential around to get the clearance to fully remove it. Once I had it out I realized that it should have stayed in and nothing was holding the shaft in place so I slid it back in the differential and continued with the brake down of the right shaft as you described.

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