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Old May 13th, 2006, 22:01
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pinion seal replacement?

I just picked up a dana 44 from a friend's 87 for $100.00. It's in good shape overall and even the drum brakes are in good shape. but the pinion seal is leaking. My question is can this seal be replaced without messing with the bearings? is there a crush sleeve in a 44 and if so will it have to be replaced?
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Old May 13th, 2006, 23:14
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Re: pinion seal replacement?

Shouldn't be a problem to replace the seal, but while you have the yoke off, check the condition of the Yoke making not of the area the seal rides on. If you can catch your fingernail in a groove, replace it or your new seal will leak. IIRC the D44 has a sleive. Under no conditions should you replace the sleive as it is now at it's crushed value. Remove the yoke, inspect/replace it, replace the pinion seal, grease it, install the yoke and tighten the yoke nut. I just bang it on with a air gun
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Old May 13th, 2006, 23:30
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Re: pinion seal replacement?

no crush sleeve.

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Old May 14th, 2006, 00:07
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Re: pinion seal replacement?

ditto on making sure there is no groove in the pinion. If there is, replacing the pinion seal and throwing that pinion back in is an act of futility. Mark the orientation of the pinion nut to the actual pinion with a white out marker. Torque it back on and line the mark up the best you can. Just banging it on with an impact should work fine most of the time, but better safe than sorry.
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Old May 14th, 2006, 09:41
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Re: pinion seal replacement?

As said above, no crush sleeve in the D44. All you need to do is torque the nut to its proper torque when you replace it.
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Old May 14th, 2006, 16:45
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Re: pinion seal replacement?

thanks guys, I'll probably just wait until I get ready for gears and do it all at once. no sense in replacing it once and then doing it again. The axle's not going in the jeep until the gears are done anyway. Anybody got any recomendations for a master kit for a good price?
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