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Removing Shafts

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If your rear has seals installed in the axlehousing, it's simply a matter of removing the shafts, prying out the old, and tapping in the new seals. On a Dana 44 like ours, however, the seal rides behind the axle bearing and retainer. If this is the case, the axle bearing, collar, and seal need to be replaced as a unit. In some cases, the rubber portion of the seal may still be good, and simply applying a bead of RTV on the outside of the seal where it indexes the housing bore (finger) will stop the leak.