I have a full float axle that I'm rebuilding to put in my taco and I have a question about the hub seals. Where does the outer axle seal go? Does it go in the spindle, if so how deep? When I tore the axle down it appears it didn't have one in there.
Thanks kernal, I have read both those links multiple times and missed the seal in there each time. I need to clean my eyes out. I have no idea why my axle didn't have one in there, the bearings were filled with gear lube, but look great.
Or you could just leave them out after recently installing and Ozzie locker and speaking with tools R Us I decided to leave the inner axle seal out and let the gear oil which is a better so there was really no point in putting them back in
Both inner axle seals head Blown out long long ago and all the grease has been washed out for god knows how long. did not seem to affect the wheel bearings in any way they wete in excellent condition with 140,000 miles on them.
If you want to roll the dice on if gear oil vs. wheel bearing grease work it's your funeral. Not something I would ever consider given I've had a wheel bearing failure at 75mph, sheared the axle shaft and took the tire and hub assembly with it as it bounced down HWY 80. I'm lucky to be alive, and even more lucky that tire didn't kill someone.
Seals are put there for a reason, oil stays on one side, grease on the other...
But hey, how much could Mr. T really know in utility truck design....