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Old May 7th, 2009, 09:26 PM   #1
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how hard is it going to be to change the front axle tube seals in my 1995 Ram 1500, Dana 44?

I'm guessing I have to pull the U joints, and knuckles, but how hard is it going to be to pull the shafts with the vacuum disconnects?
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shafts just slide out. you will need to remove the vac disco housing to remove the shaft.

the pass side seal can be a pain in the arse to install but go slow and be easy it will go in.
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Old May 13th, 2009, 01:36 PM   #3
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thanks. haven't taken the time to really look close at this and just noticed after I changed the oil in the front diff that it was leaking out the tube seals on both sides... anything else I should think about replacing while its apart?
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anything else I should think about replacing while its apart?
The vacuum disco setup. Solid shaft.
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hah, thanks, I was thinking chomoly or something, but I don't think I have the money for that.
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hah, thanks, I was thinking chomoly or something, but I don't think I have the money for that.
I just meant a regular solid shaft to eliminate the disco completely.
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yah, I was looking at those, around $150... sounds like the place I worked for is getting ready to call back the drivers they laid off so it might be more feasible... going to have to see.
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What one pice shafts are available to do this. My buddy just called me asking if I can fix his front axle leak on a 99 Ram. From what I'm reading its a D44 and I'm guessing its his tube seals leaking but not sure till I see it. I'm familiar with this from Jeeps but dont have a clue with the Rams
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be very careful installing the seal.. my old boss ruined about 3 seals before he borrowed the tool from the Chrysler dealer to install them properly
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the tool is handy but not cheap. i have used a hammer and i dont suggest it
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what is this special tool?
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i made some cups to hold the seal in it on a lathe and then i have an adapter so i can use a real long extension and smack it in with a hammer.
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