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Dirt Freak

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posted April 28, 2005 02:15 PM  
Ok not sure what to do on this one I have what I believe is an AFCO Floater. I have replaced all the seals and it still leaks.

When we fill the rear end I make certain to not fill past the side hole in the hog. Also I am running a seal in the Right side axle tube to limit the fluid from getting to the right side.

EVen with all this it is still leaking grease at the RR,it is not leaking at the DRive plate or the round plate that hold the axle in, it appears to be leaking from the big seal.

Any suggestions and have others had this same problem and what have you done. A fellow racers was suggesting that I grease the wheel bearings on the right side and this would stop the problem, never heard of this ??????
THanks !!!

Dirt Forum Champ
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posted April 28, 2005 02:28 PM  
i have the same problem when it sits it leaks, so i will try the thick grease on the bearings.

Dirt Maniac

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posted April 28, 2005 04:08 PM  
check to see if your hub is warped we had that problem last year changed the hub stopped the leak

Dirt Forum Champ
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posted April 28, 2005 04:16 PM  
We always pack our wheel bearings with grease and run the seals in both tubes to keep oil in the center section. If the seals in the tube are in good shape, there should be hardly any oil make it to the hub. If you dont grease your bearings how do they get lubed?

Just a few things i could think of:
Are the bearings tight or is there some play that lets the hub get cocked off a little and put the seal out of shape on the housing allowing it to leak?

Is the area on the housing where the seal runs worn, causing the leak even with new seals?

Did you lube the new seal lip when you put them in?

[This message has been edited by dirtbuster (edited April 28, 2005).]

Dirt Maniac

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posted April 28, 2005 07:44 PM  
I have the red sure seal seals on both sides, there is no oil even on my axles with them in there at all.

I use synthetic grease on my brgs and in my housing.

I had a more expensive tripple seal from coleman I believe and it let fluid thru so I tossed it.

Dirt Maniac

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posted April 28, 2005 09:00 PM  
had this problem with a rear end i bought and all it was was a small burr on the hub so when you put the seal in it cut a small groove in the seal. this is on the outside of the seal not the rubber. i took the die grinder and polished the hub then put some permatex no 2 on the o.d. of the seal before i pressed it in, no more leak. john

Dirt Roller

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posted April 29, 2005 07:14 AM  
Is there a vent on those rear axles? If there is I would make sure that it is not plugged. As you race and the fluid warms up, the pressure increase inside the pumpkin will push oil out the seal if the vent is plugged.

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posted April 29, 2005 07:35 AM  
Check to make sure the seal hasn't worn a groove into the d!ck. Also make sure not to pull your axles out with fluid in the center section. If you do the tubes will fill up and get trapped when you put the axles back in. The inner seals should keep the tubes pretty much dry. Also check the vent as mentioned above.

Dirt Freak

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posted April 29, 2005 11:54 AM  

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