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Old 07-12-2011, 11:44 AM
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changing the inner seals on a Dana 60

Was there a thread on here a while ago about changing the inner axel seals on a Dana 60? I notices it looks like oil on the driver side axel tube end and possibly some oil on the ground under it. I guess I got another project to do. Thanks.
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Yes, that thread was just a few weeks ago. I posted on it for searching
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It's a pain from what I understand
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The third post has some helpful links:

Dana 60 Inner seal - Diesel Forum - TheDieselStop.com

It's not difficult, but it does take time as you have to remove both axle shafts and the carrier. The seals press in from the inside of the differential housing.
I used 2-piece spicer seals and they worked very well. I wish I had known about the outer seals when I did mine as I would have installed those too.
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Craig is right. I just did both of mine 3 weeks ago. Not hard, but takes a few hours for sure.
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Thank for the help guys. I probably wont be able to get to it for over a week due to vacation. So you guys didn't need any special tools then.
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Just the wheel nut socket.
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Those new style seals don't press in. They are designed so that as the carrier is slid back into place it pushes them in as far as they need to be. Just put them in place at a slight angle so you can start the carrier back in and then push it home. It's a 2 piece seal so it doesn't matter if that end is touching the carrier. I had to make a lot of calls about them after ruining one set and getting pissed off. That's how everyone said to do it. It's been a year and mine haven't leaked.
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Be very carefull when you slide the axle shafts back in. You can mess up the new seals and will have to start all over again.
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Those new style seals don't press in. They are designed so that as the carrier is slid back into place it pushes them in as far as they need to be. Just put them in place at a slight angle so you can start the carrier back in and then push it home. It's a 2 piece seal so it doesn't matter if that end is touching the carrier. I had to make a lot of calls about them after ruining one set and getting pissed off. That's how everyone said to do it. It's been a year and mine haven't leaked.
Darn, didn't know that! I made my own press. Copied what Billy (GTXTC2) did and it worked perfectly.

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Be very carefull when you slide the axle shafts back in. You can mess up the new seals and will have to start all over again.
Good point!
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So can I get the one piece or are the two piece the only ones available? Any place better than Another to get them?
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I used the Spicer 52148 seals. These are the two piece design where the inner part rotates with the axle shaft.
I think the PN for the single piece seals is 36487.
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Not sure which would be better. The one piece need to be pressed in but the two piece don't need to be, is that correct? Which Is less likely to get messenger up putting the axel in? Any other advantage to one over another?
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Not sure which would be better. The one piece need to be pressed in but the two piece don't need to be, is that correct? Which Is less likely to get messenger up putting the axel in? Any other advantage to one over another?
Personally, I'd probably still press in the two piece seals. I'm sure using the carrier to press them in works fine, but knowing my luck, I'd screw it up. The press is really easy to make & probably cost less than $10 in parts. I'd offer you mine, but I loaned it out a couple of years ago and never got it back.
The one piece design causes wear on the axle shaft as the shaft rotates.
If you look at an older, high mileage axle shaft, you can actually see where the seal wears away the metal... not much, but it's there.
The two piece design rotates within itself. It presses into the axle housing, and holds tight to the axle shaft.
It's a newer design that's used on the super duties.
I don't think either one is less likely to get messed up when putting the shafts back in, but as long as you're careful and don't force it until it's lined up correctly, you'll be fine.
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I got those seals pressed in but they were a pain for sure.
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