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Author Topic:   Removing 9" Axle Seals
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posted June 01, 2005 05:03 AM  
I assume I need to get my hands on a slide hammer to get the inner axle seals pulled out of the housing, but can anyone tell me what special attachment I need?

How do you guys pull these seals out?


Dirt Maniac

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posted June 01, 2005 07:41 AM  
Remove the axles and center section. Slide a long piece of pipe in from the other side and tap the seals out with a hammer from the opposite side...or use a slide hammer with a seal/race hook attachment.

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posted June 01, 2005 10:13 AM  
i use a claw hammer. just like pulling a nail...

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posted June 01, 2005 11:41 AM  
If you use a claw hammer, yours are a bit different than mine. A hammer won't fit down in there.

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posted June 01, 2005 01:19 PM  
I put a washer on the end of a slide hammer and "hook" the seal with that. A couple good bumps and it's "outta there!"

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posted June 01, 2005 02:04 PM  
I have drilled the seal with a small drill bit then used a screw(larger than the hole about 2 inches long pointed) threaded in the hole and used sidecuts to pry with or vise grips and pry bar.

Dirt Freak

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posted June 01, 2005 06:56 PM  
I must be a caveman! Pound a screwdriver inbetween the tube and the side of the seal(carefull not to tear up the tube) and give it a twist, usually comes out. Sometimes I have to use a long piece of pipe from the other side.

[This message has been edited by eaton89 (edited June 01, 2005).]

thrill hill
Dirt Full Roller

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posted June 01, 2005 08:56 PM  
We use those red handled slightly hooked on the end huge screwdrivers you by from snap on or sears and just keep going around the seal with abrupt pops and get it out. The long bar or piece of rebar works good if you have both axles out too.

Dirt Full Roller

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posted June 05, 2005 05:00 PM  
Changed My seals last week. I used the jaws off My wheel puller. Put one on My slide hammer, hooked it on the seal, and bumped the seal out.

Dirt Freak

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posted June 10, 2005 12:12 PM  
I used a claw hammer too. one with the claw straight instead of really curved. worked great.

Dirt Newbie

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posted June 17, 2005 04:24 PM  
Just tap it with a straight screwdriver until it folds up. Then you can just pull it right out with your finger. Just be careful not to lose the rubber seal or round spring in it and put the axle and third member back in. I'm a caveman to!


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