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Old March 25th, 2008, 07:56 AM   #1
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Pinion seal change ?'s

So I think the front pinion seal on my new pickup might be going bad.

2004 Dodge Ram 2500 4x4

Its a Dana 60 front, so the truck shouldn't matter.

My buddy is insistent that I can remove the nut, take the yoke off, change the seal and put it back together without screwing up the pinion pre-load or crush sleeve and needing to have it set back up. Is this the case?

I am new to the axle maint. scene, so any help would be appreciated.
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Old March 25th, 2008, 08:05 AM   #2
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in most cases you can simply do that. just remove the seal and change it. i have seen a few axles mostly toyotas where your required to change the crush sleeve and reset pinion preload and all that. i've changed pinion seals without touching anything before and never had any problems. if you have access to a slide hammer it will make removing the pinion yoke much easier if it doesn't simply slide off.
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Old March 25th, 2008, 08:14 AM   #3
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well I do have a slide hammer, but I will have to fab up some type of adapter.

so when I tighten it back down, what do I torque it to?
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Old March 25th, 2008, 08:25 AM   #4
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this page has the torque specs http://www.drivetrain.com/dana60.html
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Old March 25th, 2008, 08:51 AM   #5
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Old March 25th, 2008, 08:54 AM   #6
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just pound a punch into the seal and pry it out. or screw something into the seal and pull it out with the slide hammer.
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Old March 25th, 2008, 09:28 AM   #7
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Make sure there are no groves warn into the yoke or the seal you put in wont seal or it wont last long. Usually can clean them up with emery cloth but some times you have to replace the yoke.
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Old March 25th, 2008, 04:35 PM   #8
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My d60s dont have crush sleeves in them just so you know. I woulld just change it and tighten it back up.
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