The function of the rear axle shaft seal is to hold the axle assembly firmly to the axle housing. If the seal is damaged, you may see oil leaking from the connection point at the axle and axle housing. If oil is leaking, the axle will soon lose its lubrication and suffer serious damage. If you ignore the problem and the axle is damaged, the job becomes much more difficult and costly. You will have to remove the rear brake assembly to access the axle and seal.
Tools Used: Tools, Jack, Jack stands (2), Lug wrench, Mallet, Penetrating lubricant, Brake cleaner, Hold-down spring tool, Wrench, Socket set, Large screwdriver or seal remover, Multi-purpose grease, Replacement seal, Replacement seal O-ring
Replace the Brakes